891.00/1986: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Iran ( Dreyfus )

76. Your 134, February 5. If occasion arises, you may advise your British and Russian colleagues that Department, on basis of its present information, does not regard Seyid Zia-ed-Din Tabatabai as a suitable person to head Iranian Government. Our opinion is based upon both his record and the fact that he has been away from Iran for past 20 years. Accordingly, we would not be disposed to encourage any movement for his return to power.