188 Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister, to Mr N. Chamberlain, U.K. Prime Minister
On 18 April 1938 the U.K. Ambassador in Rome, Lord Perth, and the
Italian Foreign Minister, Count Ciano, signed the Anglo-Italian
Agreement, which was intended to reduce tension between the two
countries by ending hostile propaganda, by exchanging military
information annually, and by delineating more clearly their
spheres of interest in East and North Africa and the Middle East.
For the full text see U.K. Command Paper 5726.
Desire to tender to you congratulations of my colleagues and
myself on the successful and happy outcome of the negotiations
with the Government of Italy.
Glad if you would also convey in similar terms to Lord Perth our
appreciation of his work.
[AA : A981, ITALY 30, i]