The British Ambassador (Howard) to the Secretary of State

No. 226

Sir: Under instructions from His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs I have the honour to inform you that [Page 559] the attention of His Majesty’s Government has been drawn to the fact that an American group has been negotiating for a concession from the Persian Government for the construction of a railway from Mohammerah to Khorrembad and Tehran.

It is the desire of His Majesty’s Government to be perfectly frank with the United States Government in this matter and in order to avoid the possibility of future misunderstanding or conflicting claims I have been instructed to communicate to you in the most friendly manner the two memoranda enclosed herein,20 which explain the history and scope of British railway rights in Persia.

Notwithstanding the prior rights enjoyed by British interests as set forth in these memoranda His Majesty’s Government look favourably upon the co-operation of American firms of good standing with the Persian Railway Syndicate in these matters, and you will recall that efforts were made in the course of last year to secure such American participation.

In the circumstances, I have the honour to express the hope that you will see your way to communicate to the American interests, who are seeking the concession above referred to, the facts regarding British railway rights in Persia.

I have [etc.]

Esme Howard
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