The Minister in Iran (Dreyfus) to the Secretary of State
[Received April 24.]
Sir: I have the honor to enclose a copy of the translation of a note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dated April 6, 1943, containing charges of misconduct on the part of American troops now engaged in operating the Iranian State Railroad between Tehran and [Page 488] Khorramshahr, Iran, together with a copy of my reply, dated April 9, 1943, which indicates that the charges were entirely without foundation.
This correspondence is brought to the Department’s attention because of the unusually strong and somewhat threatening language used in the second paragraph of the Ministry’s note which is shown by my reply to have been entirely uncalled for in this instance and for which there has been no justification in the conduct of American troops in Iran up to this time, as far as this Legation is aware. It is true that a number of other reports of alleged misconduct have been brought to the Legation’s notice by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the past two or three months, but investigation has invariably shown that the charges were unfounded or that the culprits had been speedily and adequately punished by the American authorities and that damages to Iranian interests had been promptly and fully compensated. It is for these reasons that I included the suggestion in my note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that it refuse to consider unjustified charges that might be made to it of misconduct on the part of American troops in Iran.
- Maj. Gen. Donald H. Connolly, Commanding General, Persian Gulf Service Command.↩