The Consul at Beirut (Steger) to the Secretary of State
Beirut, November 9, 1937.
Sir: I have the honor to refer to my
despatch No. 312 of November 3, 1937, reporting the verbal
assurances given by the French High Commission with regard to
recognition of the nationality of American citizens of Syrian and
Lebanese origin, and to enclose a copy, with translation, of the
High Commission’s note dated November 5, 1937, which repeats these
assurances in writing.
The French High
Commission in Syria and the Lebanon to the
American Consulate General at
The High Commission of the French Republic in Syria and the
Lebanon presents its compliments to the Consulate General of the
United States and, referring to its note of the 2nd of this
month and to the conversation which Mr. Steger had on the same
date with M. de Sandfort, has the honor to confirm to him that
the provisions of the Gouraud-Knabenshue Agreement continue to
be applied in Syria and the Lebanon.
Steps have just been taken with a view to having the Department
of Foreign Affairs recall the terms of the said agreement to the
attention of diplomatic and consular agents of the Republic in
the United States.
Commission of the French Republic in Syria and the