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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1943. The Near East and Africa

Iran,   pp. 319-635 PDF (113.0 MB)

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that it may be made clear to the United States Minister at Tehran
that he has been misinformed on these points."
  Memorandnum of Con'versation, by Mr. John D. Jernegan of the
                Division of Near Eastern Affairs 13
                                   [WASHINGTON,] January 8, 1943.
Participants: Mr. Richard Casey, British Minister of State in the
                 Middle East
              Mr. Murray
              Mr. Alling 14
              Mr. Jernegan
  Mr. Murray opened the conversation by reverting to the previous
long telegram of December 11 to London 15 setting forth our general
attitude toward Iranian affairs, vis-a'-vis the British Government,
and our surprise and regret at the apparent lack of coordination be-
tween the policies of the Foreign Office at London and the actions of
the British authorities in Iran.
  Mr. Casey expressed his entire agreement with the first part of
that telegram, in which the Department explained the reasons for
its special interest in Iran in connection with the furtherance of the
common cause of the United Nations and its understanding that the
British Government welcomed this interest and was in substantial
accord with the American Government with respect to the policy to be
followed. He appeared to feel that we might have been misinformed,
or have misinterpreted British actions, with respect to the various
incidents cited in the final portion of the cable. Specifically, he said
that the delay in conclusion of the Anglo-American-Iranian Food
Agreement of December 4 was not due to any desire on the part of
the British to cause such a delay. It was, rather, because of the
necessity for carrying on three-cornered telegraphic correspondence
between Tehran, London and Cairo with regard to phraseology and
various details as well as questions of policy which had to be de-
cided. At a later stage in the conversation, Mr. Casey said that he
himself had been responsible for one change in the bases of negotia-
tion, which doubtless contributed to the delay, since he had suggested
that the food agreement not be concluded unless a satisfactory long-
term solution of the currency question were reached at the same time.
I Forwarded on January 14 by the Adviser on Political Relations (Murray)
to the Secretary of State.
   Paul H. Alling, Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs.
 '5 Telegram No. 6280, Foreign Relations, 1942, vol. iv, p. 214.

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