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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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Oil Company of New York. He describes this as an independent
concern backed by the same group which is interested in the Inland
Exploration Company.2' Concession will include Khorasan and one
other province either Astrabad, Mazanderan or Semnan. He also
expects to conclude agreement shortly thereafter permitting construc-
tion of pipe line from Afghanistan through Iranian territory to Chah-
bar, where a port will be developed. A separate company will be
formed to construct and operate this line. Present phase of the nego-
tiations which have proceeded smoothly thus far was begun De-
cember 2d.
891.6363 Amiranian/3: Telegram
  The Acting Secretary of State to the Charge in Iran (Merriamn)
                         WASHINGTON, December 23, 1936-6 p. m.
  50. Your 62, December 16, noon. Hart telegraphed on December
20 that he was ready to sign but that Iranian law required him and
Clapp to produce power of attorney. Hart added that Iranian Gov-
ernment, however, asked only that Legation state he and Clapp were
authorized to sign.
  In this connection Lovejoy, President of Seaboard Oil Company,
has advised Department that Seaboard Oil Company, Case, Pomeroy
and Company, and Ogden Mills are prepared to form Amiranian Oil
Company and Amiranian Pipeline Company upon advice from Hart
to do so. In that case Lovejoy states boards of new corporations
would by proper resolutions authorize Hart and Clapp to sign con-
cession agreements for them. Lovejoy adds that such resolutions
will be forwarded to the Department as soon as companies have been
  In case Iranian authorities make inquiry on this matter you may,
provided you perceive no objection, furnish informally the informa-
tion contained in foregoing paragraph. You will of course avoid
taking any part in the negotiations in which Hart is engaged.
891.6363 Amlranlan/5: Telegram
    The Charge in Iran (Merriam) to the Secretary of State
                               TEHERAN, January 4, 1937-9 a. m.
                                           [Received 1: 05 p. m.]
  1. My 62, December 16, noon, and the Department's 50, December
23, noon [6 p. in.]. Yesterday Hart and Clapp and the Iranian
'1 Which had been granted a concession in Afghanistan; see pp. 597 ff.

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