The Chargé in Brazil ( Scotten ) to the Secretary of State

No. 1187

Sir: With reference to this Embassy’s despatch No. 1132 of August 19, 1936,28 I have the honor to enclose herewith copies of the Portuguese and Italian texts of the provisional modus vivendi effected between the Governments of Brazil and Italy on August 14, 1936, by an exchange of notes between Dr. Jose Carlos de Macedo Soares, Brazilian Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Roberto Cantalupo, Italian Ambassador to Brazil, as well as the English translation of [Page 281] same.29 These texts were furnished to the Embassy in confidence by the Foreign Office and have not as yet been made public.

The Department will note that the modus vivendi provides in effect for the continuation of most favored nation treatment and, furthermore, there would seem to be no basis for the information given to the American Embassy at Rome by the Italian Treaty Office (see despatch No. 1872 of September 10, 1936, American Embassy, Rome30) that the agreement would provide for measures whereby exports and imports are expected to balance.

Respectfully yours,

R. M. Scotten
  1. Not printed.
  2. Enclosures not printed; for texts of notes, see Brazil, Ministerio das Relaçōes Exteriores, Actos Internacionaes Vigentes no Brasil 1936, vol. ii, p. 80.
  3. Not printed.