The Chargé in Iran (Somerville) to the Secretary of State
196. Majlis last night passed arms credit bill by vote of 79 deputies out of 95 present. Six deputies voted against bill and 6 handed in blank ballots while 4 refrained from any sort of vote. Text passed last night appears to be substantially same as reported Embtel 170, February 111 with additional clause recommending Iran Government should attempt to obtain 20 year repayment period instead of 10. This recommendation would apparently not prevent government from accepting 10 year period if longer period not acceptable to US. Official text of bill as passed will be transmitted soon as possible.
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