The Ambassador in Spain (Hayes) to the Secretary of State
[Received 6:30 p.m.]
480. I raised this matter with the Foreign Minister on February 22 along the lines of the aide-mémoire transmitted with my despatch number 573 of January 15.31 Jordana said that after all Spain does [Page 736]recognize the Vichy Government which had the right to get rid of Consuls disloyal to it. Without withdrawing from the position taken in my aide-mémoire, I pointed out that this was a practical matter and expressed the hope that the Government would discourage the supplanting of the present French Consuls and any disturbance to the status quo. Jordana said he would give consideration to my views but gave no assurances.