452.11/202: Telegram

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

45. Blake cabled from Tangier June 16 to say that the Joint Report on American claims in the Spanish Sphere of Influence in Morocco would presumably be signed within two weeks. The Department understands that there has already been correspondence between you and Blake on this subject and it has instructed him to forward to you copies of all pertinent papers and a copy of the Joint Report as soon as it has been signed. He has also been instructed to arrange with you a suitable time after July 1 for him to proceed to Madrid to consult with you in connection with the discussions which the Department desires you to initiate with the Spanish Government for the purpose of ascertaining whether it is prepared to settle the claims in question on the basis of the Joint Report. You should, of course, inform the Department by telegraph of the outcome of your conversations on the subject with the Spanish Government with appropriate comments and recommendations.