The Secretary of State to the Minister in Iran (Dreyfus)
Sir: There are transmitted to you herewith:
- the President’s full power38 authorizing you to negotiate, conclude and sign an agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Imperial Iranian Government relating to the entry into and presence in Iran of armed forces and other agencies of the United States of America; and
- a draft agreement which has been formulated with the approval of the War Department.
You are requested to take this matter up with the appropriate Iranian authorities with a view to determining whether their Government is prepared to conclude an agreement of this type.
You will note that in the final paragraph of the draft agreement it is stated: “Signed and sealed in duplicate, in the English and Iranian languages, …”. It is understood that alternat copies of the agreement would be prepared. The form is explained at large in Foreign Service Regulations, Chapter XI, section 2.
Copies of the enclosed draft agreement are being furnished for their information to the Iranian Minister and the British and Soviet Embassies at Washington and to the American Embassies at London and Kuibyshev.
In the event that the agreement is signed, you should transmit to the Department the original signed alternat for the United States of America.
Very truly yours,
- Not printed.↩
- This draft was drawn up during the period January 26–March 13 as the result of a joint effort within the Department between the Division of Near Eastern Affairs, the Division of European Affairs, the Treaty Division, and the Office of the Legal Adviser; collaboration between the Department of State and the War Department; and consultation between the Department of State and the Iranian Minister (Shayesteh).↩
- Foreign Relations, 1941, vol. i, p. 367.↩