711.90G2/28: Telegram (part air)

The Minister Resident in Iraq (Knabenshue) to the Secretary of State

9. Regarding commercial treaty Iraq Government willing to make terms of article V bilateral but added paragraph to article II as suggested by the Department in its 2 of January 21, 4 p.m., now expected to offer the following redraft of article V “should measures be taken by either High Contracting Party seriously affecting any of the chief exports of the other, the former will give sympathetic consideration [Page 767]to any representations which the latter may make in respect to such measures. If agreement with respect to the question or questions involved in such representations shall not have been reached within 90 days from the date of the receipt of the said representations the government making the representations may, notwithstanding the provisions of article VII, terminate this treaty, such termination to be effective at the expiration of 30 days from the date of the receipt of a notification of termination given subsequent to the expiration of the 90 day period provided herein”. Please telegraph whether acceptable to the Department and whether I may now sign treaty. The mutual concessions made and now proposed seem to provide satisfactory solution.

Knabenshue