832.76/8–846: Telegram

The Ambassador in Brazil (Pawley) to the Secretary of State

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1423. In conference with President Dutra 4:30 today, I sought 10 year agreement for use island on which Recife Naval Radio Station located, the agreement to provide for extensions in 5 year periods by mutual consent. I showed the President aerial photograph and maps.

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After some discussion President suggested that we draft proposed agreement for his consideration and that in principle he is agreeable to our proposal. He suggests agreements which would provide navigational aids to Brazilian Government for duration of contract.

In my first discussion with President some weeks ago this subject, it was suggested that exchange of letters between President and this Embassy might be sufficient. President may still be satisfied this basis but I believe exchange of notes with Foreign Office might be more satisfactory to both Governments. Would appreciate instructions.