391.1164/82: Telegram

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

78. Acting Minister of Education today orally informed the American College in Tehran that the Government has decided to take over all American educational institutions both in the capital and in the provinces involving two colleges and two middle schools with dormitories in Tehran, two schools in Resht and Tabriz and two schools in Hamadan.

The Government desires all properties turned over to it within the next 2 weeks, i. e., before the opening of the fall term. It promises compensation for the properties and may retain some of the American personnel.

I am seeing the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the morning and shall ask for further explanations.

Please inform Presbyterian Board.