611.5231/630: Telegram

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

10. Your telegram No. 9, February 2, 1 p.m. Please take action as outlined in the second paragraph, confirming it with memorandum if you so desire.

If it appears definite to you from the interview with the Foreign Office that Spain will not grant us most favored nation treatment, please submit the protest immediately; submit it in any event if we are not receiving most favored nation treatment by February 10 next.

No mention of the foregoing will be made to the Spanish Chargé d’Affaires, with whom the Department will take up questions only in connection with the Spanish memorandum of “trade grievances” and our reply.