The British Embassy to the Department of State4
With reference to the conversation between the Secretary of State and His Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador on February 11th last, the [Page 524]attached printed memorandum is communicated in order to make clear the views of His Majesty’s Government on the present situation in Persia and the question of the appointment of American advisers for that country.
It will be noticed that, in referring to the Anglo Persian Oil Company’s concessions, the Khostaria concession which is claimed by that Company is left out of account.5
- Left with the Secretary of State by the British Ambassador, Apr. 20, 1922.↩
The paragraph referred to is not included in the extract of the memorandum printed below; it reads as follows:
“In Northern Persia, namely the provinces of Gilan, Mazanderan, Khorasan, Azerbaijan and Asterabad, to which the Anglo-Persian Oil Company’s concession does not extend, a combined Anglo-American group is at present negotiating on the basis of a joint exploitation of the oil deposits which are known to exist in certain regions within those provinces. His Majesty’s Government are watching these negotiations with sympathetic interest, and earnestly hope that a satisfactory understanding will be reached by the two groups interested in the enterprise.”