ITALY: Unalterable Alliance

"One of the greatest strokes of diplomacy yet achieved by the Fascist Government," was the gloating comment, last week, of Il Tevere and other Fascist news organs, when Signor Benito Mussolini caused to be revealed in Rome that a new Italo-Albanian treaty had been signed two days previously in the Albanian capital, Tirana.

When the treaty text was released at Rome its literal purport was seen to be the extension of last year's Italo-Albanian treaty of "friendship and security" (TIME, Dec. 13, 1926) into what the new document describes as "an unalterable defensive alliance...

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