The Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs (Murray) to the Minister Resident in Iraq (Knabenshue)

Dear Paul: Acknowledgment is made of your letters of March 17 and March 31, 1938, concerning the Nuri–Magnus negotiations which you had previously reported at such informative length.

While we have heard nothing officially as yet of the continued activities of Nuri he would appear clearly indicated as the inspirer of the proposal voiced by the Emir of Trans-Jordan and reported in the New York Times of May 8, 1938. A copy of the report41 in question is enclosed as of possible interest to you.

It is expected, of course, that we shall be kept informed of the progress of any negotiations Nuri Pasha may have in Syria or Palestine by one or the other of our Consulates General there. Any information, however, which you may obtain on the subject in Baghdad will be welcomed as always.

Sincerely yours,

Wallace Murray
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