891.77/726: Telegram

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

460. My 437, April 27. British Minister has shown me copy of telegram in which [Foreign?] Office directs Ambassador at Moscow to inform Soviet Government that British had thought no formal notification of fact of Americans taking over operation of southern section of Trans-Iranian Railway was necessary under Tripartite Pact because Americans were not a separate command but were to operate railway as part of the British, Persia and Iraq command. Ambassador was instructed to express hope that in light of this explanation the Soviet Government would notify Iranian Government that it has no objection to American operation.

Repeated to Moscow.