740.00112A European War, 1939/3885a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Brazil (Caffery)40

1159. The Belgian Embassy has advised the Department that instructions have been issued to branches of the Banque Italo-Belge in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina requiring these branches to conform with the course of conduct set forth in paragraph number 2 of Department’s circular instruction September 20 and in circular telegrams of September 22 and 26. The instructions of the Belgian Government require the branches of the Banque Italo-Belge to have no dealings with individuals or firms who are mentioned on the Proclaimed List, as well as those which appear on the British Statutory List. The Belgian Embassy has suggested that the chiefs of Belgian missions in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina keep in close contact with the American and British missions in connection with questions concerning the application and interpretation of these instructions. You should informally and confidentially keep the Belgian mission informed of any developments in this field and obtain from it information and submit periodic reports to the Department as to the actual operation of the branches of the Banque Italo-Belge pursuant to the said instructions.

Inform appropriate Consuls of the foregoing.

  1. Repeated to Argentina as No. 935, and to Uruguay as No. 310.