638.5131/132a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Haiti ( Gordon )

24. Your 46, October 27, 1 p.m., second section. The Department is most interested in the possibility that France may propose a new commercial agreement with Haiti,65 and would appreciate your informing it promptly when the information is available as to the nature of the concessions on the part of Haiti upon which this agreement may be made contingent.

Until it is in possession of this information, the Department can not commit itself to any steps on behalf of the Haitian Government as respects France. If the French demands should prove unduly exigent or unreasonable, the Department would be inclined to consider extending its further good offices as respects France on behalf of the Haitian Government.

  1. A provisional commercial agreement was signed April 28, 1937; for text, see France, Jornal Officiel, May 15, 1937, p. 5293. Negotiations for a commercial convention continued.