File No. 600.119/84

The Ambassador in Spain ( Willard) to the Secretary of State


572. Substance of Department’s 481, May 22, 6 p.m., communicated to Minister of State as directed. Have also conferred with British Ambassador. He seemed optimistic as to probability of agreement being reached between Spanish and British Governments allowing export of iron from Spain and certain quantities of coal from England per month. Minister of State also appeared hopeful that British and Spanish Governments would come to satisfactory understanding regarding iron and coal situation. It has been respectfully suggested however that pending a formal agreement between these two countries on the subject no definite agreement should be made whereby Spain may be assured regular coal supply from United States.