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The Chargé in Persia (Amory) to the Secretary of State

No. 1225

Sir: With reference to the Department’s instruction No. 409 of July 31, 1925 transmitting a copy of a note from the British Embassy in Washington (No. 543) of May 22, 1925, in regard to the diversion from their ostensible port of arrival of opium shipments leaving Bushire and instructing this Legation to present certain phases of the question to the Persian government, I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy of my note to the Persian Minister of Foreign Affairs in the sense of the Department’s instruction (Enclosure 1) and a translation of the Minister’s reply (Enclosure 2).22

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I have [etc.]

Copley Amory, Jr.

The American Chargé (Amory) to the, Persian Minister for Foreign Affairs (Hassan Moshar)

No. 29

Excellency: Referring to this Legation’s communication of Feb. 13, 1925, (No. 136)22 in regard to the control of the opium traffic from the Persian gulf ports and to Your Excellency’s replies thereto, No. 20896 [20898] of February 22,22 and No. 1565 of May 6, 1925,22 I have the honor, pursuant to instructions from my government, to inform Your Excellency that subsequent to the above exchange of notes my government has received credible information from certain of its representatives in China and from other sources that opium shipped from the Persian gulf has been diverted from its ostensible destination and has been smuggled into China.

In this connection it may not be inopportune to refer to the efforts which the Imperial Government and the American Government have made to assist in the regulation of the world traffic in this drug, and in keeping it within the limits of legitimate enterprise.

In inviting Your Excellency’s attention to the situation outlined above, I need hardly point out that my government is actuated by a [Page 690] spirit of friendly cooperation, and in order that the joint efforts of the two governments may be most effective, has expressed the earnest hope that Your Excellency will see fit in due course to inform me of such steps as the Imperial Government may have been able to take, or of such further steps as it may contemplate taking to control the export of opium likely to get into contraband channels.

I avail myself [etc.]

Copley Amory, Jr.
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