811.203/235: Telegram

The Minister in Egypt ( Kirk ) to the Secretary of State

341. I am communicating with the Foreign Office on the question of military jurisdiction in Egypt as instructed in the Department’s 233, February 9, midnight. For use in further discussions please advise whether State and War Departments also insist upon criminal jurisdiction over civilians attached to our Army and if so whether they include civilians of both American and alien nationality. As reported in my 2177, December 12, 6 p.m.19 Egyptian Government was opposed to conceding criminal jurisdiction over civilians particularly non-American civilians employed locally in Egypt many of whom are Egyptian nationals. An early reply would be appreciated.

Kirk