The Chargé in France ( Whitehouse ) to the Secretary of State

No. 5330

Sir: I have the honor to report that an Agreement has been signed at Madrid providing for naval cooperation between Spain and France on the coast of Morocco.

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The terms of the Agreement are said to be as follows: it provides for the establishment of a joint naval surveillance by the two Powers off the coast of Morocco between the 2nd meridian of West Longitude (Greenwich) and the 27th parallel of North Latitude—that is to say, between (approximately) the Algerian frontier and a point about 50 miles south of Cape Juby, opposite the Canary Islands. This coast will be divided into sectors by arrangement between the naval authorities, and in these sectors the ships of the two Powers will act independently but in cooperation for the purpose of stopping the importation of arms and ammunition, and of preventing ships from having access to the coast of Morocco except at those ports which are open to trade. To facilitate the maintenance of this surveillance Spanish warships will be able to make use of the French ports of Oran and Nemours, in Algeria, and French warships will be able to use Algeciras, Malaga and Almeria, in Spain.

I have [etc.]

Sheldon Whitehouse