867.512/212: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Turkey ( Steinhardt )

94. Department’s 80, January 23, 4 p.m. Turkish Ambassador has received instruction from Ankara stating that von Papen43 has also raised with Turkish Government question of possible inability of Turkish merchants, due to capital levy, to pay for imports ordered, and has been assured that Turkofis44 would guarantee payment. Turkish Ambassador was authorized to give American Government same assurance.

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Department is considering recommending to Department of Commerce issuance of statement to American exporters regarding Turkish Ambassador’s assurance to us. However, in view of possibility that you may have had other than purely commercial considerations in view in recommending caution to American shippers, Department would appreciate your urgent comments.

  1. Franz von Papen, German Ambassador in Turkey.
  2. Trade Office, a bureau of the Turkish Ministry of Commerce having charge of imports and exports.