March 28, 1942

Agreement to Help Border Defense
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United States and Mexico yesterday signed a lend-lease agreement. The pact—signed by Acting Secretary of State Sumner Wells and Mexican Ambassador Francisco Castillo Najera—increases military cooperation between the two countries in protecting the southern approaches to the United States. Najera said the amount of matériel Mexico will receive under the agreement is a “substantial amount”, but specifics remain secret due to security reasons. On Monday, the two countries began a military commission discussing mutual concerns related to defense of the Pacific and Gulf coasts. This coming Monday, Mexican Foreign Minister Ezhquiel Padilla will arrive in Washington for a state visit. Padilla is well known to fervently oppose the Axis powers.

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