The Ambassador in France (Straus) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 20.]
Sir: With reference to the Department’s Instruction No. 1173 of January 17, 1936, with respect to customs privileges for American educational and philanthropic institutions in Syria, I have the honor to report that this entire matter has the earnest attention of the Embassy.
Since the receipt of the Department’s Instruction under acknowledgement, renewed formal and informal representations have been made to the Foreign Office, and this morning, Mr. Marriner, Counselor of the Embassy, had occasion to discuss the question with M. Chauvel of the Africa-Levant Division of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. A copy of a memorandum of their conversation is transmitted herewith. Mr. Marriner expects to meet M. de Martel, the French High Commissioner, who is due in Paris toward the end of this month and will at that time endeavor to hasten a satisfactory settlement of the matter of customs immunity for American institutions in Syria.