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MEXIC'O-RAILWAYS-NOV . 18 , 1942 road men who will put the fruit of their experience at the service of the officials of the Mexican railways for the purpose of improving conditions of operation and maintenance thereof, and to expedite the flow of traffic. However, in order that our efforts may be crowned with the desired success, it is urgent that basic improvements be effected in the lines themselves, in their equipment, and in their motive power. For this, the collaboration of the Government and of the industry of the United States of America is absolutely necessary. I also think that the operation of the railways should be improved in order to obtain the greatest efficiency in the utilization of the resources already existing and of those which may be obtained. My Government would, accordingly, be gratified if the Government of the United States of America would consider it possible to strengthen the present mission of railway experts by including therein for a period of six months-or for a longer time, which would be determined officially by means of an exchange of notes at the expiration of the period here provided-a high-ranking official with wide knowl- edge of this subject; also a limited number of specialists who could assist him in making a complete study of the national railways of Mexico, who could likewise make available to the railways the results of their investigations, and who could aid them with their advice. I desire to assure Your Excellency that the Government of Mexico will, on its part, see that the necessary steps are taken-from the point of view of the organization and operation of the national railways-to obtain maximum efficiency. With regard to this, it would gratefully receive the suggestions of the American railway mission. I take the opportunity to renew to Your Excellency the assurance of my highest and most distinguished consideration. E. PADILLA His Excellency GEORGE S. MESSERSMITII, Ambassador Extraordinaryand Plenipotentiary of the United States of Amcrica. City. The American Ambassador to the Mexican Minister of ForeignAffairs EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA No. 787 Mexico, November 18, 1942 EXCELLENCY: I acknowledge with appreciation Your Excellency's cordial note of November 18. 1942, outlining the constructive work which the Gov- ernment of Mexico has accomplished in implementing Resolution II of the Third Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the American republics at Rio de Janeiro through the mobilization of its economic resources, particularly in the production of strategic materials essen- tial for the defense of the hemisphere. Your Excellency has indi- 1827 5.6 STAT. ]