The Iranian Legation to the Department of State

No. 1309

The Department of State is aware of the frequent complaints which have been received about the conduct of some of the American soldiers in Iran. In particular, their behaviour towards women has excited public comment and has been deplored by the Press.

More incidents have lately been reported and recently an Iranian chauffeur was killed and another severely wounded by American soldiers at Arak.

The Iranian Government is most anxious that nothing should happen to impair the high esteem and good opinion which the Iranians have always held towards the American people. It has, therefore, instructed this Legation to bring the matter to the notice of the United States Government in order that the War Department might take the necessary steps to avoid a repetition of such incidents.