891.6363 Amiranian/1: Telegram

The Chargé in Iran ( Merriam ) to the Secretary of State

62. Charles C. Hart expects to sign an oil concession with the Iranian Government on December 20th on behalf of the Amiranian [Page 735] Oil Company of New York. He describes this as an independent concern backed by the same group which is interested in the Inland Exploration Company.21 Concession will include Khorasan and one other province either Astrabad, Mazanderan or Semnan. He also expects to conclude agreement shortly thereafter permitting construction of pipe line from Afghanistan through Iranian territory to Chahbar, where a port will be developed. A separate company will be formed to construct and operate this line. Present phase of the negotiations which have proceeded smoothly thus far was begun December 2d.

  1. Which had been granted a concession in Afghanistan; see pp. 597 ff.