711.52/457: Telegram

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

1568. I saw the Foreign Minister this morning and among other things discussed the subject matter of Tangier’s 49 of May 4 to the Department.

Jordana stated that the first step in implementing the agreement had been taken, namely, by the Spanish Government serving written notice on the German Government that the German Consulate General must be closed. Incidentally, I learn from another but well-informed source that the German reply was that it would “take the action appropriate to the circumstances” which was the same reply it made to Portgual in connection with the Azores Agreement.67

Jordana went on to say that Spain fully intended to take all necessary steps to carry out the agreement promptly but that they would have to be taken one at a time.

At the same time he complained with some vehemence that the character of recent British and American radio broadcasts was such as to cause him embarrassment.

  1. Presumably a reference to the agreement between the United Kingdom and Portugal concerning facilities in the Azores; the notes constituting the agreement were exchanged at Lisbon on August 17, 1943; British and Foreign State Papers, vol. cxlvi, pp. 447–452. For correspondence relating to the interest of the United States in the negotiations leading to the agreement and in obtaining its own facilities in the Azores, see Foreign Relations, 1943, vol. ii, pp. 527 ff., and ibid., 1944, vol. iv, pp. 1 ff.