The British Ambassador (Halifax) to the Acting Secretary of State (Grew)

No. 73

Sir: I have the honour to invite reference to Mr. Hull’s note of October 19, 1944,2 concerning the possible use by United States civil aircraft of airports constructed in the Near and Middle East by the United States Government for military purposes.

The question of the use of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company’s field at Abadan has, of course, already been settled3 but, in general, I have the honour to state that His Majesty’s Government recognize that questions relating to the use of the airfields are a matter for discussion between the United States Government and the Near and Middle Eastern Governments concerned.
I am further directed to explain that a reply to Mr. Hull’s note was delayed pending the outcome of the Chicago Conference.

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