890D.01/430: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Straus)

442. Following is the text of telegram dated October 30 from Consul General at Beirut:

“Negotiation treaty between France and Lebanon proceeding rapidly. An instrument practically identical with that between [Page 501] France and Syria may be signed here within a few days. I have informally called the attention of the High Commissioner who is head of the French delegation to substance of Department’s instruction No. 1440 of August 4th to Paris. Having received no instructions on the subject from Quai d’Orsay M. de Martel will be glad to have it brought officially to his attention. Kindly cable instructions.”

The Department’s instruction 1440 of August 4 of course applied to the Lebanon as well as to Syria and the Foreign Office note of August 25 enclosed with your despatch 3021, August 27, likewise appears to apply to both territories. However, if you have any doubt on that point or if you consider that our interests are likely to be adversely affected because of M. de Martel’s lack of instructions regarding our position please bring the matter to the attention of the Foreign Office.