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

53. Legation’s 50, May 21, 8 p.m.14 I have just had my first interview with the new Minister of Foreign Affairs15 whom I had met several times in London last Spring.

He could not have been more cordial and began the conversation by stating at once that “we simply must do something to normalize our official relations. I believe I understand the position of the American Government better than most Persians and you may count on my helping in every possible way.”

Later I referred to the article in Times of April 25th and he said he knew we had no control over our press “less even than the British have over theirs.”

He did not mention the Amiranian Oil Company16 and neither did I.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Ali Soheily.
  3. See pp. 752 ff.