891.6363 Standard Oil/56
The Chargé in Persia (Engert) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 28, 1922.]
Sir: With further reference to the Legation’s telegram No. 73 of November 26, 9 p.m., I have the honor to transmit herewith copy of a letter dated December 2, 192125 addressed to me by the British Chargé d’Affaires in Teheran, together with its enclosures consisting of copies of two notes which he presented to the Persian Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs,26 respectively, on November 25, 1921, on the subject of the oil concessions of North Persia.
These notes were presented to the Persian Government under instructions from the British Foreign Office to protest against the grant to the Standard Oil Company of a concession covering the oil of the northern provinces which the British Government considers “to be entirely indefensible and extremely unfriendly to his Majesty’s Government” and to state that the British Government “will continue to uphold the prior right of the British group”.
As soon as the Legation has obtained copies of the Persian reply to these notes they will be transmitted to the Department.25
I have [etc.]