481.11/129: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Diplomatic Agent and Consul General at Tangier (Blake)

5. Department’s 4, May 31, 4 p.m. The Department has interpreted the explanation of the French position regarding the settlement of American claims in French Morocco, contained in the Paris Embassy’s telegram no. 1058, June 3, 1 p.m., as confirmatory of this Government’s position that there should be no delay in their settlement. It is considered that any further discussion of the respective positions of the two Governments is therefore unnecessary. Accordingly, the Department perceives no reason which should stand in the way of the acceptance by you of the French Resident General’s invitation to settle the claims question without further delay.

The form which the settlement should take has been already indicated to you in the Department’s telegram of November 19, 1937, 5 p.m.57

Please keep the Department informed of all pertinent developments.

Repeat to Paris.