1. For previous documentation on these subjects, see Foreign Relations, 1946, vol. vii, pp. 88 288, passim, and pp. 899 ff.
  2. Previous general conversations with the British on the Middle East had taken place in April 1944, when Wallace Murray, the then Director of the Office of Near Eastern and African Affairs, held discussions with officials of the British Foreign Office. For documentation on these conversations, see Foreign Relations, 1944, vol. iii, p. 2 and pp. 28 ff.; and ibid., vol. v, pp. 6, 7.
  3. Continued from Foreign Relations, 1946, vol. vii, pp. 18 50. For other aspects of the Department’s views on Near Eastern oil, see pp. 551 556. Further information on this subject is contained in an article by John A. Loftus entitled “Middle East Oil: The Pattern of Control”, which appeared in the Middle East Journal, January 1948, pp. 17–32. The author was Chief of the Department’s Petroleum Division until his resignation on October 31, 1947.
  4. Continued from Foreign Relations, 1946, vol. vii, pp. 51 63.