611.2531/690b: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Chile (Bowers)

630. Reference Department’s telegram 469, November 19. Please ascertain and report to the Department as soon as possible the Chilean reaction to our trade agreement proposals.

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For your own information, it is hoped to issue on December 29 public notice of intention to negotiate with Peru8 and for various reasons it would be desirable to negotiate concurrently with Chile.9

  1. For text of notice issued December 29, 1941, see Department of State Bulletin, January 3, 1942, p. 22.
  2. On January 14, 3942, the Ambassador in Chile reported that the Foreign Office had expressed satisfaction at the renewal of discussions, but would suggest changes (611.2531/691). The Department then left the initiative to Chile, which suspended negotiations for many months.