We learned informally during a conversation with Munis Ozansöy, Deputy Minister of Economy and Commerce and former Director of Foreign Trade, that it is the Turkish Government's intention to reopen its Commercial Attaché's office in Canada in the spring of 1954. Mr. Ozansöy added that he hoped that Canada would find it possible to reopen its trade office in Turkey simultaneously.
2. You will recall that the Commercial representatives on the staff of the Turkish Embassy in Ottawa were withdrawn in the spring of 1952 and not replaced. Although the closing of our Commercial Secretary's office in Istanbul was not related to the Turkish action in Ottawa, I believe the Turkish Government have always regarded our action as partly retaliatory.
3. Actually, stories have reached me to the effect that the reappointment of a Canadian Commercial Secretary to Turkey is already being considered in Ottawa, but I am treating these stories as rumours only, as I am sure I would have been informed if the question was under discussion.