890b.6363 Gulf Oil Corporation/28: Telegram

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

73. Your 84, February 24, 4 p.m. The Department received yesterday from the Gulf Oil Corporation a communication on the same subject which suggests the possibility that the delay in replying to your representations may be intentional in order to afford more time in which to bring pressure upon the Shaikh of Kuwait to alter his attitude with consequent advantage to the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.

The Department considers that the views which you expressed in this matter to Oliphant on December 29 were eminently proper. In view of the reappearance of Anglo-Persian geologists in Kuwait it is desired that you again emphasize the correctness of these views and urge that the activities of the company in Kuwait be suspended pending the receipt of a reply to your previous representations. At the same time stress the desirability of obtaining such a reply without further undue delay.