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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919
(1919)

Persia,   pp. 698-719 PDF (7.5 MB)


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PERSIA                       719
had been none. He asked what he should tell his Shah as to the
position which the United States would take and what its position
had been. I told him he might say to His Majesty that the Gov-
ernment of the United States had expressed its surprise to England
and had declined to participate or to take any action which would in-
dicate its approval of the Treaty. He intimated that as ratification
by Parliament was necessary for the validity of the Treaty and as
the Shah was shortly returning to Persia, an arrangement might be
made by the Shah to prevent ratification and asked what attitude
we would take.
In response I told him that it was a matter which was purely
Persian and that we could not take any attitude but that we would
feel very sorry to see an arrangement made by the terms of which
Persia would lose part or the whole of its sovereignty.
BRECKINRIDGE LONG
102569-34-51


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