124.84/144: Telegram

The Minister Resident in Ethiopia (Engert) to the Secretary of State

66. Department’s 29, February 27, 3 p.m. After mature reflection I feel that the only definite recommendation I can make at this time regarding arrangements for the protection of American citizens and properties after closing our consular office is to suggest that the British Government be asked whether it would be willing to look after American interests as it had done in the past when we had no representation here.

However, as the majority of the American citizens in Ethiopia are likely to remain for at least 6 months or a year longer, id est the time estimated it will take to liquidate mission affairs, I strongly recommend that a vice consul or consul be temporarily assigned to Djibouti so as to be in a position if necessary actively to assist in the protection of our interests.