Unperfected Lend-Lease Agreement between the United States and Egypt, signed at Washington, April 17, 1945 1

1. For previous documentation, see Foreign Relations, 1943, vol, iv, pp. 6465.

[Talks on the proposed Lend-Lease agreement were resumed by the Legation in Egypt and the Egyptian Ministry for Foreign Affairs in January 1945. On February 28, the Legation was informed that the Egyptian Minister at Washington, Mahmoud Hassan, would be authorized to sign the agreement, with an exchange of notes covering various points. Discussions on the wording of the notes were held at Cairo in March and April; and on April 3, the Egyptian Chargé notified the Department that subject to the rewording of two paragraphs of the proposed exchange, he was authorized to effect agreement. The agreement was signed on April 17 by the Secretary of State and the Egyptian Minister. The introduction and eight articles are virtually identical, mutatis mutandis, with the agreement entered into with the United Kingdom on February 23, 1942 (Department of State Executive Agreement Series No. 241, or 56 Stat. (pt. 2) 1433), except that the following paragraph has been inserted after paragraph 1:

“And whereas the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Kingdom of Egypt, as signatories of the Declaration by United Nations of January 1, 1942 [ Foreign Relations, 1942, volume I, page 25], have subscribed to a common program of purposes and principles embodied in the Joint Declaration, known as the Atlantic Charter made on August 14, 1941 [ ibid., 1941, volume I, page 367], by the President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;”]

[46] The Secretary of State to the Egyptian Minister (Hassan)