891.77/729: Telegram

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

617. My 460, May 4, 4 p.m. Foreign Minister informs me he has instructed Iranian Ambassador in Moscow to press Soviet Government to give formal consent to taking over of southern section of Trans-Iranian Railways by Americans. He adds that Russians have refused a request made recently by Iranian Government that Americans be permitted to take over operation of northern section of railway now under Soviet operation.

Repeated to Moscow.