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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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regarding the present state of our relations with Iran, it would seem
undesirable to refer to any of the details of the conversation, which
will doubtless be reported fully by Mr. Arasteh.
  Sincerely yours,                              WALLACE MURRAY
124.91/55: Telegram
    The Charge in Iran (Merriam) to the Secretary of State
                               TEHERAN, January 21, 1937-10 a. m.
                                                 [Received 9 p. m.]
  4. I venture to suggest that the Department consider at this time the
appointment of a Minister at Teheran.
  1. In view of past experience it seems entirely possible that Ameri-
can publications, in providing color and background for articles on
the finally accepted concessions 3 will make statements which will be
resented here and thus jeopardize the contract. Request for agreement
prior to arrival of clippings would tend to offset them and to safeguard
the concessions. That the Shah is as sensitive as ever to the printed
word is evidenced by the recent recall of the Iranian Minister at Paris
as a protest against certain French press articles. On the other hand,
His Majesty is influenced by diplomatic "front". The large and
tively unworked staff of the British Legation forms in itself a splen-
did safeguard for British interests and relations against the occasioned
[occasional?] serious lapses of the English press.
- 2. Iranians generally are surprised and delighted at the signing of
the concessions and hope this means restoration of normal relations.
Their granting constitutes in fact a remarkable gesture when the pres-
ent status of the diplomatic relations is considered and the moment
seems opportune to consolidate and enlarge the situation. Soheily 4
intimated on the 19th that he felt at a loss how to commence and we
are perhaps in somewhat the same position. Our request for agrement
would afford additional proof of the friendliness of our Government
and people of which the President's message of sympathy 5 and the
remarks of the Secretary of State to the Iranian Minister at Buenos
Aires are recent examples. It would be exceptional gesture coming
immediately after the President's re-inauguration and in view of the
present lack of any Iranian representative to our Government, which
we could hope would be followed by the restoration of normal rela-
tions. Moreover, while we realize that the concessions are purely a
business arrangement between the Iranian Government and private
  8 For correspondence concerning the Amiranian oil concessions, see pp.
734 if
  4A. Soheily, Iranian Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
  'Regarding floods and earthquakes in northern Iran; see telegram No. 34,
August 8, 1936, noon, to the Charge in Iran, Foreign Relations, 1936, vol.
inI, p. 373.

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