390D.11/70: Telegram

The Consul at Beirut (Steger) to the Secretary of State

Department’s November 1, 5 p.m. In my opinion Franco-Turkish Agreement of May 29 does not in any way affect the rights of American citizens of Syrian origin unless they voluntarily opt for Syrian citizenship. Gouraud-Knabenshue Agreement appears to provide ample assurance. Options [Opinions?] expressed by French Vice Consul in New York do not agree with those expressed to me by High Commission officials. See despatch September 13, October 5 and 28.17

  1. Despatch of October 28 not printed.