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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

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validity of the Koshtaria concession 25as a matter of principle and is
also worried over the possibility of British capital participation now
or in the future. Hart has endeavored to satisfy the Russians as to
the latter and I gather that the Foreign Office is sticking to its guns
on both points.
891.0363 Amirantan/36
     T7e Charge in Iran (Meriama) to the Secretary of State
No. 1025                                  TEHERAN, March 27,-1937.
                                                 [Received May 13.]
  Sm: I have the honor to refer to the Legation's despatch No. 1018
of March 18, 1937, relating to certain anxieties apparently felt by the
Russian Government with respect to the Hart concessions.
  In this connection it is of interest to relate that Mr. A. Massoud-
Ansari, Chief of the Third Political Division of the Foreign Office,
called at the Legation on March 24, 1937, on another matter. When
this had been concluded, he referred to the question of the publica-
tion in Foreign Relations, 1922, of material relating to the northern
oil concessions, and said that the written reply of the Foreign Office
to the request of the Legation, as to whether or not there was objection
to the reprinting of this matter, would withhold consent but would
not state the reason.26 That reason was, he continued, that the ques-
tion of the Khoshtaria concession was still open. This question is of
course one of the subjects dealt with in the material in question.
  Now, M. Massoud-Ansari is ordinarily close-mouthed. He had
already vouchsafed this information over the telephone, consequently
his voluntary repetition of it seemed to indicate that this matter
weighed somewhat heavily on his mind.
  I said, therefore, that I assumed the Klhoshtaria question had no
effect whatsoever, from the point of view of the Iranian Government,
upon the validity of the petroleum concession that had just been
granted to an American company.
  He replied that it had none, but added that "certain interested
Governments" had activated the question as a matter of principle,
and that it was therefore still open.
2 For text of Khoshtaria concession, March 9, 1916, see Foreign Relations,
1920, vol. in, p. 351.
" With despatch No. 1030, April 3, 1937, the Charge in Iran enclosed
a trans-
lation of a note of March 31 from the Iranian Ministry for Foreign Affairs
ing that the documents referred to should not be printed in Foreign Relations
(026 Foreign Relations/1168). In deference to the wishes of the Iranian
Government the documents were omitted from Foreign Relations, 1922. A
number of the 1922 documents on oil concessions In Persia are, however, printed
in Senate Document No. 97, 68th Cong., 1st sess., "Oil Concessions in

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