611.6731/241a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Turkey (Kelley)

109. Referring to the Department’s telegram No. 104, December 13, 1 p.m.,17 there is transmitted herewith a list of products in respect of which the United States will consider the granting of concessions to Turkey. The products with their tariff paragraphs are as follows:

[Here follows list of products which are the same as those listed at the end of press release printed in Department of State, Press Releases. January 15, 1938, page 108.]

Please bring this list to the attention of the Turkish Government and endeavor to obtain its acquiescence to the publication of it as a list to which consideration of possible concessions by the United States to Turkey will be confined.18

In transmitting this list to the Turkish Government you should point out (1) that the inclusion of a product on the list for publication does not necessarily mean that a concession will be granted on such a product; (2) that the products with respect to which the Turkish Government has requested concessions which are not included in our list are products of which Turkey is not the principal or a major supplier of imports into the United States; (3) that if concessions should be granted, however, on any of these products as a result of trade agreements with other countries the benefits thereof would of course under the terms of the proposed trade agreement with Turkey be extended to that country. In this connection it should be stated that crude beeswax has been bound on the free list in our trade agreement with Brazil.

You should also state informally to the Turkish authorities that with respect to tariff paragraph 1116 (a), Oriental carpets, rugs, and mats, etc., consideration of a concession will be restricted to those types of Oriental rugs of particular interest to Turkey.

As soon as notice of approval of the above list by the Turkish Government is received, we are prepared to publish the formal notice [Page 954] of intention to negotiate. Please request the Turkish Government, however, to withhold any publicity on this subject until the date on which it is agreed that formal notice and the list will be made public here.

  1. Not printed.
  2. The Chargé reported in telegram No. 1, January 7, 1938, 11 a.m., that the “Turkish Government approves publication of list” (611.6731/243).