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The Minister in Estonia ( Wiley ) to the Secretary of State

No. 96

Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith original note from the Estonian Foreign Office, dated May 22, 1939, and a certified copy of the Legation’s acknowledgement thereof, concerning the continuance in force of the existing Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Consular Rights between the United States and Estonia. In this connection, reference is made to the Department’s telegraphic instruction of May 20, 2 p.m., and to the Department’s telegram of May 11, 6 p.m., as well as to the Legation’s despatch No. 67 of April 5, 1939.9

The original Estonian note has been replaced in the files by a certified copy.

Respectfully yours,

John C. Wiley
[Enclosure 1]

The Estonian Minister for Foreign Affairs ( Selter ) to the American Minister ( Wiley )

Monsieur le Ministre: Referring to the statement of Your Excellency that the United States Government are prepared to accept a written proposal from the Estonian Government withdrawing their notices to modify or terminate the existing Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Consular Rights on May 22nd, 1939, I have the pleasure to state that the Estonian Government hereby withdraw their notices of April 13, 1938, and May 14, 1938, insofar as they operate to terminate or modify on May 22, 1939, any provisions of the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Consular Rights between Estonia and the United States of America signed December 23, 1925.

It is understood that this withdrawal of notices to modify or terminate the Treaty means the Treaty will continue in full force without modification of any kind.

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It is further understood that continuance in force of the existing Treaty means among other things that the Government of each country will accord unconditional most favored nation treatment to the commerce of the other country.

I avail myself [etc.]

K. Selter
[Enclosure 2]

The American Minister ( Wiley ) to the Estonian Minister for Foreign Affairs ( Selter )

No. 113

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of Your Excellency’s Note of May 22, 1939, in which you were good enough to inform me that the Estonian Government withdraws its notices of April 13, 1938, and May 14, 1938, insofar as they operate to terminate or modify on May 22, 1939, any provisions of the treaty of friendship, commerce and consular rights between the United States of America and Estonia, signed December 23, 1925.

Accept [etc.]

John C. Wiley
  1. None printed. These communications related to the wording of the notes to be exchanged.