881.00/1263: Telegram

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


40. Your telegram No. 60, August 15, 1 p.m. As the American Government has disclaimed repeatedly any political interest or responsibility in Morocco, it is now not in a position to make any comment upon the Spanish proposal that Tangier be united with the existing Spanish sphere of influence in Morocco.

If the other powers who are signatories of the Act of Algeciras proceed to consider this suggestion, the United States would be inclined to reexamine in a sympathetic spirit the matter of its future position in Morocco.

The Department has received information indicating that in this instance the Spanish Government is endeavoring to secure American support for use in its negotiations with the other powers who are signatories of the Act of Algeciras. This Government, while willing to deal with Moroccan problems in a friendly spirit, does not intend to allow itself to be used in support of any particular political thesis. Send copies by mail to London, Paris, Rome, and Tangier.