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Wednesday, 25 February 1942

Agreement between the Governments of the United Kingdom and of the United States of America on the Principles applying to Mutual Aid in the Prosecution of the War against Aggression.

Whereas the Governments of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America declare that they are engaged in a co-operative undertaking, together with every other nation or people of like mind to the end of laying the basis of a just and enduring world peace securing order under law to themselves and all nations;

And whereas, the President of the United States of America has determined, pursuant to Act of Congress of the11th March, 1941, that defence of the United Kingdom against aggression is vital to defence of the United States of America;

And whereas the United States of America has extended and is continuing to extend to the United Kingdom aid in resisting aggression ;

And whereas it is expedient that final determination of terms and conditions upon which the United Kingdom receives such aid and of the benefits to be received by the United States of America in return therefor should be deferred until the extent of defence aid is known and until progress of events makes clearer the final terms and volume of benefits which will be in the mutual interests of the United States of America and the United Kingdom and will promote the establishment and maintenance of world peace;

And whereas the Governments of the United States of America and the United Kingdom are mutually desirous of concluding now a preliminary agreement in regard to the providing of defence aid and in regard to certain considerations which shall bo taken into account in determining such terms and conditions, and the making of such an agreement has been in all respects duly authorized, and all acts, conditions and formalities which it may have been necessary to perform, fulfil or execute prior to the making of such an agreement in conformity with the laws either of the United States, or of the United Kingdom have been performed, fulfilled or executed as required;

The undersigned, being duly authorized by their respective governments for that purpose, have agreed as follows: -







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