The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the United Kingdom (Matthews)
2295. Notwithstanding the considerations transmitted in your A–182, March 19, 1 p.m.,79 it is desired that you press the Foreign Office vigorously for the necessary permission.
In so doing you should express our recognition of the success which the British have had in maintaining political stability in the Persian [Page 112] Gulf area and explain that we are cognizant of the nature of British relations with the ruler of Bahrein. You should point out, however, that American economic interests have been substantial in Bahrein for some time, that as mentioned in the Department’s no. 840, Feb. 4, 11 p.m., they will be increased in the immediate future, and that it seems entirely probable that they will remain of real importance. As a matter of fact, we have been repeatedly and severely criticized for not providing consular facilities for American citizens residing in Bahrein and for American seamen and merchant vessels. You should indicate that, although the viewpoint of the Foreign Office is appreciated, it is considered that the establishment of an American consulate at Bahrein is necessary in view of the importance of American economic interests and the services demanded by American citizens and shipping at that point. In view of the length of time required in present circumstances to get consular personnel and official supplies to Bahrein, we hope the Foreign Office will give us an early and favorable reply to our present request.
- Not printed. In this airgram the Chargé quoted a communication dated March 18, received from the British Foreign Office. This reply explained at some length the exceptional circumstances prevailing in Bahrein and the special position of the British representation. Therefore it was hoped that the United States would not seek to alter the established system under which the British would do everything possible for the satisfaction of American interests and welfare. (125.0046B/3)↩