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1924 INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS OTHER THAN TREATIES [56 STAT. Government concerning the services of the nationals of one country in the armed forces of the other. You state that the Government of the Union of South Africa agrees to the stipulations set forth in para- graphs (a), (b) and (c) of the Department's note, and proposes as a further proviso that all Union Nationals who may be affected by the arrangement should be attested as volunteers by the Legation of the Union of South Africa before they leave the United States. I have the honor to inform you that the appropriate authorities of this Government consider your note to contain satisfactory assurances, and that, accordingly, the arrangement may become effective at any time. The Selective Service System has indicated that it assumes that all arrangements relating to this matter will be identical with those now in effect in the case of Canada, which are outlined in the Memorandum to All State Directors, a copy of which is attached for your informa- tion.[2 ] The Director of Selective Service also desires to stress that it is important that the persons to be taken into the armed forces of South Africa under the arrangement should actually be accepted as such by the Government of the Union of South Africa before the time of their departure. I shall be pleased to receive from you an indication as to whether your Government agrees to the proviso made by the Selective Service System. If so, it is suggested that your Government indicate the date on which it is desired that the arrangement become effective. Accept, Sir, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration. For the Secretary of State: G. HOWLAND SHAW Enclosure: Memorandum to All State Directors (1-422) The Honorable RALPII WILLIAM CLOSE, K.C., Alinister of the Union of South Africa. The Minister of the Union of South Africa to the Secretary of State LEGATION OF THE UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA WASHINGTON, D.C. 7th OCTOBER, 1942. SIR, I have the honour to refer to your note of August 12th, 1942, on the subject of arrangements between the United States and the Union of South Africa under which the nationals of one country, residing in the territory of the other, may elect to serve in their own national armed forces. 2 [Not printed.]