121.5622/12: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Ecuador (Gonzalez)

18. The Trade Agreements Committee has approved carrying forward studies on Ecuador, and a skeleton committee has been set up for that purpose. This information is to be regarded as strictly confidential until the Department instructs you to open conversations on the subject with the Government of Ecuador, which it does not contemplate doing for some time.

In this connection the Department is instructing the Consulate General in Guayaquil to forward certain statistical material. The purpose of this or any other similar report should not be revealed and the Consulate General should cooperate closely with Assistant Commercial Attaché Crilley to avoid duplication. Mail paraphrase of this message to the Consul General in Guayaquil.