781.003/65: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the United Kingdom (Johnson)

14. Your 810, December 29, 8 p.m.2 The Department is gratified to observe that the principles set forth in its confidential memorandum3 meet in general with the concurrence of the Foreign Office. The Department shares the opinion of the Foreign Office that it might be advantageous to inform the French Government of our views regarding economic equality in Morocco, but it is inclined to believe that mutual American and British interests might be best served if we communicated our views direct to the French Government through our Embassy at Paris.

It would be helpful to the Department in considering this matter if it could be informed whether the British views on economic equality and the establishment of quotas in relation to Moroccan trade conform substantially with our views and, if not, in what specific particulars they differ.

In this connection the Department is particularly desirous of ascertaining the views of the Foreign Office as to “whether the establishment of different representative periods for the quotas of different commodities entering into Moroccan trade might not better serve the interests of the countries most concerned than the establishment of a single representative period for all commodities in respect of which quotas may be contemplated.”

Please seek an early opportunity to discuss in detail our confidential memorandum with the Foreign Office and report the result of your discussion by telegraph.

  1. Ibid., p. 879.
  2. See telegram No. 485, December 11, 1937, 3 p.m., to the Chargé in the United Kingdom, ibid., p. 874.