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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1947. The Near East and Africa

Iran,   pp. 890-998 PDF (41.6 MB)

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if USG will try to discourage Iranian Government from raising
Bahrein issue.4
  8. Embassy official undertook to put question to Department but
pointed out that llekmat had been Prime Minister for scarcely 48 hours
and that so far as is known has not formed Cabinet. Pyman said
Le Rougetel has complete discretion as to timing and form representa-
tions and that he thought there was "no hurry". He remarked that
USG should decide to instruct Ambassador Allen latter could pick
effective moment after Le ,Rougetel has had his say,
  9. Subsequent December 20 press record resignation Hekmat.
Pyman's old instructions still stand for Qavam's ,successor whoever he
may be and whenever he takes office.
  Sent Department, repeated Tehran 101; Moscow by pouch.
  'In telegram 805, December 24, 2 p. m., to Tehran, the Department stated:
your discretion you may take appropriate occasion express informally view
Iranian Govt would be well-advised avoid public attacks on British Govt.
may also reiterate views previously expressed that Iranian claim to Bahrein
unfounded and that pressing this claim could serve no useful purpose."
message was repeated to London as No. 5357 (891.00/12-2247).
The Ambassador in Iran (Allen) to the Acting Chief of the DiisioW n
         of Greek, Turkish, and Iranian Affairs (Jernegan)
CONFIDENTIAL                           TEIRAN, December 26, 1947.
  DEAR JACK: [Here follows a reference to Mr. Jernegan's letters of
December 41 and 9.]
  First and foremost, it is important for us to know your thought that
  special legislation for Iran might not be out of the question. We have
been completely in the dark on precisely this point, and I have often
wished I could fly to Washington for half a day to find out. I knew it
would probably do little good to put up a theoretical question to the
Department, based on hypothetical assumptions, at least until the Per-
sians made up their minds whether and in what form they wanted our
help. I have often wondered, however, whether we were wasting our
time here in many of the speculations and discussions we have held on
the subject, for it has seemed to me quite possible that for one reason
or another special legislation for Iran might be entirely out of the
question. Your letter indicates that this might not be the case, so we
can now proceed more intelligently. I am, of course, fully aware that
yours is a personal expression of opinion, but at the same time it is
   1Letter of December 4 not printed.

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