711.673/88: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the High Commissioner at Constantinople (Bristol)

293. Horton reports from Smyrna Turkish Minister of Justice issued instructions to provincial attorney generals which may place American citizens in less favorable position than British, French or Italian subjects. Horton instructed7 to mail you full report.

This Government concurred in the action which after the armistice the Allied High Commissioners took with the Turkish Government concerning capitulations. See Department’s No. 50, March 20, to Heck.8 It should be made clear that this Government will not admit that there shall be any discrimination against American citizens. After receipt of Horton’s report you may either officially through the Swedish Legation or informally and orally take necessary measures to prevent such discrimination.

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  2. See footnote 7, p. 815.