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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

Iran,   pp. 718-766 PDF (18.1 MB)

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ister of Foreign Affairs held office when I was here in 1920 and 22.
Although I had known the Shah as Minister of War and he had dined
at my house and had lent me polo ponies I have purposely made no
allusion to that fact and have expressed no desire to renew our ac-
quaintance. So long as His Majesty remains sensitive regarding his
less exalted past I for one have no intention of reminding [him]
of it.
  However, in my conversation with Government officials especially
those who have the Shah's ear such as the Premier whose son recently
married a daughter of the Shah-I have taken the line that the rela-
tions between the United States and Persia are intrinsically perfectly
normal and friendly. I made light of any difficulties and misunder-
standings to which they themselves referred and told them that if any
existed it was their business and mine to iron them out. I assured
them that I was personally animated by the most cordial feelings
towards Persian Government and people and that I knew these senti-
ments were fully shared by the American Government and people or
I would not have been sent here. They could therefore count upon
me to the utmost to assist in interpreting the one to the other.
  So far all officials have been scrupulously correct in their manner
towards me but I doubt whether there will be any marked [apparent
omission] of coolness until perhaps some of the things I have let drop
have had a chance to penetrate to the Shah. They are all waiting
to take their cue from him.
  In the meantime I am quietly and largely informally, as if dealing
with matters of routine rather than controversial subjects, keeping
before the Foreign Office the stupid and irritating question of the non-
delivery of second class mail 9 as well as the desirability in the interest
of harmonious intercourse of negotiating extradition10 and trade
agreements. I shall of course report from time to time any appreci-
able progress made in those directions and should welcome any specific
instructions you may wish to issue for my guidance.
124.91/64: Telegram
       The Secretary of State to the Charge in Iran (Engert)
                               WASHINGTON, June 18, 1937-5 p. m.
  26. Your 34, June 12, 8 a. m. We feel that it is difficult to take any
concrete steps, beyond those already taken, which are likely to improve
our relations with Iran and that improvement in those relations will
  9 See pp. 728 ff.
  10 See Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. iII, pp. 391 if. No further progress
ing negotiation of an extradition treaty was made in 1937.

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