Last week, six days after his Government broke with the Axis (TIME, Feb. 7), Argentine Ambassador Adrian Escobar arrived in Washington. His reception was the coldest the U.S. has given any high Latin American diplomat since the beginning of the Good Neighbor Policy. Reason: Argentina's authoritarian Government still had to show genuine friendship for the U.S., clean out its anti-democratic elements (President Ramirez prevailed upon three notably pro-Nazi Cabinet members to withdraw their resignations).

In Buenos Aires, Argentine bigwigs refused to be affronted. Said Colonel Enrique Gonzalez, Secretary of the Presidency: Ambassador Escobar's reception in the U.S. had been "very satisfactory."


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