033.115R/10–644: Telegram

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

1912. The Turk authorities evidenced great interest in Ambassador Culbertson’s visit to Ankara of a week’s duration as it afforded them the opportunity to give evidence of their desire that trade between Turkey and the United States be returned to normal channels as soon as possible. The Minister of Commerce2 gave a luncheon to which he invited nearly all Turkish officials and officers of the Embassy interested in trade and commercial matters. Culbertson had numerous conferences with many of these officials. I took him to call on the Prime Minister3 and Foreign Minister4 both of whom expressed the hope that his mission would result in liberalizing the restrictions and controls that are impeding the movement of trade between Turkey and the United States.

Prior to his departure from Ankara Culbertson completed and forwarded his report5 on Turkey which I regard as a sound resume of the existing situation. The report concludes with a recommendation that no special economic mission for Turkey is necessary at this time.

  1. Celal Salt Siren.
  2. Sükrü Saracoğlu.
  3. Hasan Saka.
  4. Not printed.