891.20 Missions/9–445: Telegram

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

510. Urtel 685, Sept. 4.79 Termination of national emergency cannot be predicted at this time but Dept. has no reason to suppose that such a declaration is imminent.

[Page 531]

Dept. desires to retain U.S. military missions in Iran80 and is considering means by which this can be accomplished.

  1. Not printed; it inquired whether the termination of the Ridley and Schwarzkopf Missions, whose authorization by Congress was for the “duration of the war or declared national emergency”, was imminent (891.20 Mission/9–445).
  2. In a memorandum of July 4, 1945, to Assistant Secretary of State (Holmes), the Director of the Office of Near Eastern and African Affairs (Henderson) stated: “These missions are regarded by the Department as an important means of stabilizing Iranian internal affairs and restoring Iran’s; internal security forces. … The missions therefore play an important role in maintaining Iran’s governmental authority and, accordingly, in safeguarding the country’s sovereignty.” (891.105A/7–445)