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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1943. General
(1943)

Negotiations regarding the reestablishment of trade between French North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula,   pp. 2-48 PDF (17.2 MB)


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NORTH AFRICAN-IBERIAN TRADE
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651R.5331/b: Telegram
     The Secretary of State to the Minister in Portugal (Fish)
                          WASHINGTON, February 1, 1943-10 p. m.
  163. Department and interested agencies have studied with interest
the observations contained in Lisbon's 51 of January 11 and Madrid's
no. 14 of January 2 concerning trade with French North Africa. On
the basis of these observations, the Department is telegraphing its
views concerning trade between the Peninsula and French North
Africa to Algiers, asking for comments.'3  The Department's tele-
gram as well as Algiers' comments will be sent to Lisbon and to Ma-
drid direct from Algiers.
  The Department and interested agencies here feel that, in the final
analysis, this trade must be controlled through Algiers and conse-
quently it is important that any procedure to be adopted should first
be approved there. However, in its telegram to Algiers, the Depart-
ment has stressed the fact that in any negotiations for trade between
the Peninsula and French North Africa, it must be borne in mind
that the US and British Governments have in effect assured Spain
and Portugal that the occupation of French North Africa will not
interfere with ordinary commercial agreements as regards goods for
their own internal use.
  It is hoped that Algiers' comments on this matter will be forthcom-
ing promptly and that it will be possible to undertake the formal
negotiations concerning the trade within the near future.
  Further instructions will be sent shortly.
  Please repeat to Madrid as Department's no. 212, 9 p. m.
                                                           HULL
651R.5331/a: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Consul General at Algiers (Wiley)
                            WASHINGTON, February 5, 1943-2 p. m.
  205. For Murphy. The following are the views of the Depart-
ment and other interested agencies concerning trade between the
Peninsula and French North Africa. Preliminary views on this
matter were discussed in Department's no. 1482 of December 24 to
Madrid, repeated by Madrid to Lisbon and Algiers. Views set forth
below take into consideration Madrid's no. 14 of January 2, 8 p. in.,
and Lisbon's no. 51 of January 11, 3 p. m. Department has also noted
certain telegraphic exchanges between Madrid and Algiers relative
to Malaise 14 and Pettit.
  3 See telegram No. 205, infra.
  14 Colonel Malaise, General Giraud's representative in Spain.


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