The Department of State to the German Embassy


In its aide-mémoire dated March 5 [4], 1941, the German Embassy, after referring to a “British Press Service” release of January 27, 1941 regarding the right of a sovereign state to requisition foreign shipping and other means of transportation found within its jurisdiction, referred to as the right of angary, proceeds to set forth the views of the German Government on the subject.

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The Government of the United States, while noting with interest the views of the German Government and observing that there is a lack of unanimity of the authorities on certain phases of the subject, deems it unnecessary at this time to enter into a discussion of the circumstances under which the right may be exercised.