File No. 763.72/8900

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Persia ( Caldwell )

[Telegram]

Your telegrams February 18, 3 p.m.1 and 9 p.m., surprising in view of your recent report that there was no important news in Persia. The Department must have an immediate and complete report on Turkish and German propaganda in Persia. By what means is it being carried on, what success is it making, and how can it be guarded against? Is present Persian Government pro-Ally, pro-German, or truly neutral in its sympathies? Is Persia seeking the withdrawal of English troops from Persia in good faith or for the purpose of aiding Germany and Turkey as soon as this is done? What does Persia really want and expect America to do? Investigate these matters very discreetly, but also very thoroughly, and reply.

The situation in Persia may become a matter of vital importance. It is essential that you realize its importance and keep the Department fully informed of actual situation.

Lansing
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