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

No. 558

Sir: I have the honor to enclose a copy of a draft contract32 prepared by Major General C. S. Ridley setting forth terms and conditions for the engagement by the Iranian Government of a small American Military Mission.

I am in full agreement with General Ridley in his findings, based on careful investigation, that a small American Military Mission to Iran is advisable. I recommend, therefore, that the Department endeavor to reach an early agreement with the War Department along the lines of General Ridley’s suggested draft, in order that the pertinent law may be presented to the Majlis.

Reference is made, in this regard, to my despatch No. 557, May 20, 1943, in which I expressed my full approval of the activities of General Ridley and his mission.

Respectfully yours,

Louis G. Dreyfus, Jr.
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