The Consul General at Beirut (Marriner) to the Secretary of State

No. 288

Sir: I have the honor to refer to my despatch No. 278 of September 13, 1937, reporting the extension of the period during which natives of Syria and the Lebanon might opt for Syrian or Lebanese citizenship under Article 34 of the Treaty of Lausanne. In that despatch I enclosed a copy of a note7 addressed to the French High Commission, requesting that the Consulate General be notified of any instances in which natives of the Territory under French Mandate, who have acquired American citizenship, might avail themselves of the extended privilege of option for Syrian or Lebanese nationality.

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I now have the honor to enclose a copy, with translation, of the High Commission’s note dated September 21, 1937,8 promising compliance with the request that reports will be sent to the Consulate General of all cases of options made by persons having claim to American citizenship.

Respectfully yours,

Theodore Marriner
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