The Brazilian Minister for Foreign Affairs ( Aranha ) to the American Ambassador in Brazil ( Caffery )5

EC/663.63 (20)

My Dear Mr. Ambassador: I acknowledge the receipt of your letter of September 2, concerning a suggestion of the Government of the United States with regard to the establishment of national committees in the American countries, in order that they may, in collaboration, [Page 177] provide with regard to maritime transport services and distribution services for petroleum destined to those countries.

2. In reply, I have the honor to inform you that the Brazilian Government already has a national agency in the above sense in the National Petroleum Council (Conselho Nacional de Petróleo), which, by Decree-law No. 538 of July 7, 1938, has already been given the necessary authority to put into practice the collaboration referred to, either directly or through the intermediary of other public agencies.

I avail myself [etc.]

Oswaldo Aranha
  1. Transmitted to the Department by the Ambassador in his despatch No. 5471, September 29; received October 8.