Spain and the West

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Uneasy Relations of Spain and the West

Diplomats, with military advisers at their elbows, have been negotiating extension of the agreement between the United States and Spain under which this country obtained, in 1953, the right to maintain air and naval bases and to build an oil pipeline on Spanish territory. The agreement, coming up for renewal Sept. 26, would continue in effect automatically if neither country sought modifications, but Spain is understood to have made various demands on the United States as the price for continuation of the pact. The American ambassador to Spain, former Mayor Robert F. Wagner of New York, found the bases agreement at the top of his agenda after he had presented his credentials to the Spanish Chief of State, ...

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