The Ambassador in Venezuela (Corrigan) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 7.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s instruction No. 1973 of June 21, 1943, enclosing a counter draft of the notes18 proposed by Venezuela in regard to the Venezuelan ratification of the Agreement relating to the furnishing of defense articles and defense information between the United States and Venezuela, signed at Washington on March 18, 1942.[Page 799]
In this connection there are enclosed copies of notes numbered 2156 and 2157 both dated August 26, 1943,19 which I have just received from the Foreign Office. In note No. 2156 the Foreign Minister informed me that in view of the strictly confidential character of the said Agreement, the Venezuelan Government has resolved to postpone the publication thereof in the Gaceta Oficial. I have been informed orally that the publication will be postponed until the conclusion of the war.
In note No. 2157, the Foreign Office states that the Venezuelan Government approves the drafts of notes suggested by the Department of State for the purpose of the exchange of notes concerning the Agreement relating to the furnishing of defense articles and defense information.
I am now completing arrangements for the actual exchange of the notes contemplated and when this is effected, I shall send the original of the Foreign Minister’s note to the Department along with a certified copy of my note, together with the instrument of ratification to which the notes refer.20