611.60F31/187: Telegram

The Minister in Czechoslovakia (Wright) to the Secretary of State

19. My 16, March 30, 4 p.m., and 17, April 1, 4 p.m. Aide-mémoire from Foreign Office dated April 7 states that this Government is “disposed to proceed with the negotiations for a reciprocal trade agreement with the Government of the United States”. It has taken note of our procedure in such negotiations and is of the opinion that even before formal announcement of intention to negotiate it might be possible “to deal with the wording of the treaty and chiefly its stipulations concerning the preferential treatment in regard to the Danube countries as well as other general provisions of the treaty”. It will therefore shortly submit “a proposal for an arrangement of the said Danube preferential system as originally mentioned in the aide-mémoire dated March 30 [27], 1937”. As regards wording it is willing to accept text of such other trade agreements which “both in regard to the customs tariff questions and import license system might be best suitable to the economic conditions prevailing in Central Europe”. Czech Legation will be telegraphically informed. Text by mail.11

I still believe that information suggested in my 17 will facilitate preparatory study here.

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