891.51A/1181: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé m Iran ( Ford )

386. As regards last paragraph your 450, June 23, 4 p.m., please inform members of American Financial Mission that it would not be in the interests of the United States for the American advisers in Iran to resign in a body. Each member of the Mission should determine for himself whether he desires to remain in the employment of the Iranian Government. You may assure them that the Department of State will continue to support them as American citizens in every appropriate manner, and that they are regarded as performing a highly important service in behalf of the war effort and in the implementation of the American policy of assistance to Iran.

Please inform Dr. Millspaugh that the Department sincerely regrets his decision to resign. It realizes that this decision is one which he alone can make, but his departure from a country where he has rendered such distinguished service could be regarded only with the deepest regret. Please express to Dr. Millspaugh the sincere hope that if he persists in his intention to leave, he will avoid, in the interests of the United States, anything in the nature of public recriminations and that his departure from the high position in Iran which he has held on two occasions will be effected in a manner worthy of his great reputation.

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