The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Iran (Ford)
Washington, July 7, 1944—8 p.m.
411. Military Attaché98 Tehran has informed the War Department that the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company has reportedly applied to the [Page 487] Iranian Government to buy the land at Abadan99 on which the United States air field, camp and assembly plant have been built. Such a purchase, it is thought, would be a serious blow to the large American investment involved and to eventual postwar rights on the fields.
Please give the Department urgently any information you may obtain on this subject.