783.003/179a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Egypt (Fish)

21. The Department would appreciate any information it may be possible for you to obtain regarding the proposed organization of the Capitulations Conference including in particular the language or languages of the Conference, the choice of a presiding officer and the provisions which the Egyptian Government proposes to make for an adequate corps of interpreters. The Department desires to receive also any recommendations you may offer with regard to these questions. In any discussions you may have on the subject with the appropriate Egyptian authorities you may stress the desirability of the recognition of English as an official language of the Conference as well as the importance of the organization of the Conference in order to make readily and promptly available English texts of the records of its proceedings.