740.00119 Potsdam/7–1445

No. 635
The Assistant Secretary of State (Dunn) to the Secretary of State 1


Memorandum for the Secretary

Sir Alexander Cadogan, Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office, called this afternoon and discussed for two hours in a preliminary way a number of matters on the agenda of the Conference.3

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13. Iran .

Sir Alexander reviewed the British desire to get out of Persia and the proposal for a concerted withdrawal of British and Soviet forces by separate stages, beginning with the evacuation of Tehran. While the UK military authorities wished to leave a small force to guard the oil fields, Mr. Eden would insist with the military that all troops be withdrawn, leaving behind only a well-trained police force, provided the Russians could thereby be persuaded to withdraw their entire force. Sir Alexander agrees heartily with the U. S. suggestion of a gradual withdrawal of all three forces from Iran.

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James Clement Dunn
  1. Printed from a carbon copy on which there is an uncertified typed signature.
  2. For other extracts from this memorandum, see documents Nos. 140, 218, 234, 258, 319, 351, 379, 404, 470, 519, 645, 678, and 708.
  3. For a list of persons present at this meeting, see document No. 234, footnote 3.