741.90G 11/34: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister Resident in Iraq (Knabenshue)

60. Your 117, December 10, 3 p.m. With reference to the second and third paragraphs of your telegram, the Department is confident that you appreciate the fact that our interest does not extend to [Page 722]interference in the internal affairs of Iraq or an effort to bring about the overthrow of cabinets or the application of economic pressure. Our sole purpose is to stress to the Iraqi authorities our conviction that it is to their own interest to cooperate with the British in their efforts to resist totalitarian aggression.