891.6363 Amiranian/18: Telegram

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

14. My No. 9, March 10, 9 a.m. Law granting pipe line concession, has also been communicated by the Shah for execution. It was promulgated in the Official Journal of the Ministry of Justice of March. 10. Law according oil concession was similarly promulgated oil March 9. Contracts thus appear to be in full legal effect.

Russian Government is maintaining before the Foreign Office the [Page 742] validity of the Koshtaria concession25 as a matter of principle and is also worried over the possibility of British capital participation now or in the future. Hart has endeavored to satisfy the Russians as to the latter and I gather that the Foreign Office is sticking to its guns on both points.

  1. For text of Khoshtaria concession, March 9, 1916, see Foreign Relations, 1920, vol. iii, p. 351.