Spain and Portugal on Wednesday (22 November) signed a new friendship and co-operation treaty to replace the 1939 non-aggression agreement known as the Iberian Pact.
Spain and Portugal on Wednesday (22 November) signed a new friendship and co-operation treaty to replace the 1939 non-aggression agreement known as the Iberian Pact. The new agreement, which will last for 10 years, was signed in Madrid during an official visit to Spain by the Portuguese Prime Minister, Dr. Mario Soares.
SYNOPSIS: It was signed at the official residence of the Spanish Prime Minister, Adolfo Suarez. He and his Portuguese guest took their places at a table to sign and pledge themselves to establishing a zone of stability and progress where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea. The pact renews military co-operation between the two countries and commits both Prime Ministers to co-ordinating their economies. There have been enormous changes in both countries since the death of General Franco in Spain, and the overthrow of Dr. Salazar in Portugal, and the two dictators have been replaced by heads of democratically-elected governments.
According to Spanish officials, the new treaty will serve as a basis for developing co-operation through further bilateral agreements in specific fields, whereas the old one simply listed what neither country was allowed to do.
For Dr. Soares, it was the climax of a successful two-day visit to Spain, and for both leaders, the start of a new era of joint effort by their countries.