The Ambassador in Mexico ( Thurston ) to the Secretary of State

No. 660

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s telegrams No. 95 dated January 18, 1943, and No. 115 dated January 22, 1943, and also to the Embassy’s Despatch No. 6876 of January 23, 1943,21 on the subject of an exchange of notes with the Mexican Ministry for Foreign Affairs concerning the recruiting for the purposes of military service of the nationals of the United States in Mexico resident in the other country.22

The Embassy has received a note from the Mexican Secretary for Foreign Relations dated July 22, 1946,23 referring to Paragraph X of the Embassy’s Note No. 960 to the Ministry dated January 22, 1943, which reads as follows: “The understandings in the foregoing arrangement shall be in effect as of today for the duration of the present war and six months thereafter.”

The Secretary states that his Government desires to establish the period mentioned in Paragraph X and asks the Embassy to ascertain whether the opinion of the United States Government coincides with that of the Mexican Government that the period of six months pertains to the six months immediately following the cessation of hostilities. The Secretary suggests that in case the opinion of the United States Government coincides with that of the Mexican Government, the Agreement be rendered ineffective by an exchange of notes.

The Embassy believes that, if consistent with the policy of the United States Government and similar agreements with Canada and other countries, the desire of the Mexican Government that the agreement be terminated be accorded full consideration. An instruction is respectfully requested.

Respectfully yours,

For the Ambassador:
Paul J. Reveley
Second Secretary of Embassy
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  2. For agreement between the United States and Mexico respecting military service, effected by exchange of notes signed at Mexico City January 22, 1943, see Department of State Executive Agreement Series No. 323, or 57 Stat. (pt. 2) 973. For documentation concerning defense questions, see Foreign Relations. 1943, vol. vi, pp. 396 ff.
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