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168 Mr M. MacDonald, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, to Commonwealth Government

Circular Cablegram B83 LONDON, 25 March 1938


My telegram of 25th March Circular B 82. [1] It is proposed in the
course of a few days to inform the German Government that it is
our intention to replace our legation at Vienna by a Consulate-
General and to ask for an exequatur [2] for the new Consul-

It will be understood that such a note to the German Government
would be interpreted as constituting an act (and supplying the
date) of formal recognition by His Majesty's Government in the
United Kingdom of the incorporation of Austria in the German

1 Document 167.

2 An exequatur is the official recognition of a consul or
commercial agent by the government of the country to which he is
accredited, authorising him to exercise his functions.

[AA : A981, AUSTRIA 17, ii]
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