881.822/202: Telegram

The Chargé at Tangier ( Childs ) to the Secretary of State

250. My telegram No. 237, July 3. Cape Spartel Lighthouse has been taken over by the Spanish authorities in accordance with the notification given.

The British Foreign Office has expressed the view to my British colleague that the failure of the Spanish Government to consult with the British Government prior to taking action with reference to Cape Spartel Lighthouse is considered to be a violation of the verbal assurances given to the Foreign Minister incident to the Anglo-Spanish Agreement of February 21, 1941,52 that no change would be made in Tangier without such prior consultation.

It is understood that the Foreign Office has instructed the Embassy at Washington to consult with the Department concerning the action to be taken in the light of the Spanish action.

Repeated to Madrid.

  1. Effected by exchange of notes; English texts of notes were transmitted to the Department by the Chargé at Tangier in his despatch No. 128, March 7, 1941, not printed.