891.77/711: Telegram

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

5. My 435, December 13.93 Prime Minister94 yesterday expressed to me his concern over fact that Soviet Government has not yet given approval for the taking over by Americans of operation of southern section of Trans-Iranian Railway. Soviet consent is considered to be essential under the terms of the Tripartite Pact.95 Soviet Ambassador96 informs me he has taken matter up with his Government but has received no reply.

Prime Minister in view of the importance and urgency of matter has urged me to request Department’s assistance in obtaining Soviet consent.

  1. Foreign Relations, 1942, vol. iv, p. 315.
  2. Ahmad Qavam.
  3. Anglo-Soviet-Iranian treaty of alliance, signed at Tehran, January 29, 1942; for text, see Department of State Bulletin, March 21, 1942, p. 249, or British Cmd. 6335, Persia No. 1 (1942).
  4. A. A. Smirnov.