121.5491/11–2045: Telegram

The Ambassador in Iran ( Murray ) to the Secretary of State

967. Mytel 959 November 19 last paragraph. I am endeavoring obtain Soviet pass for Captain Gagarine Assistant Military Attaché to travel by car to Tabriz and shall also try to send Air Attaché Garver and another officer of my staff by Garver’s plane if weather permits.

Soviet Military Attaché here has requested that we not apply for passes saying conditions are disturbed and moment inopportune for travel of foreigners in northern Iran. However, he is consulting Soviet headquarters at Qazvin and has promised further word this afternoon. I intend to press matter strongly.