890b.6363 Gulf Oil Corporation/155: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Great Britain (Atherton)

258. Your despatch 365, September 17. Unless you perceive some objection the Department desires you to seek an interview with the appropriate authorities and to emphasize that this Government has requested no preferential treatment for the American interests seeking the concession in Kuwait but only an opportunity for it to compete on equal terms with other interests. You should add that inasmuch as the American interest concerned has been endeavoring to obtain a decision regarding this matter for approximately 4 years, during which time it has been put to considerable expense, this Government trusts that the appropriate authorities will now find it possible to expedite such action in the case as may be necessary to permit the Shaikh of Kuwait to come to a decision at the earliest possible date.