164. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Iran1

2238. In view Shah’s apparent desire leave Iran and Mosadeq’s position that Shah should leave, Department sees little which could usefully be done to prevent Shah’s departure. We are currently assessing significance this crisis and developments likely flow from Shah’s departure, and would appreciate any comments you may have in amplification urtel 33972 rpt London 1103. Department will attempt minimize to press significance Shah’s departure Iran but there is every likelihood press will take line that Shah has fled Iran and his case is similar to Farouk’s.

  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1950–1954, 788.11/2–2753. Top Secret; Security Information; Limited Distribution; Priority. Drafted by Stutesman and approved by Richards. Repeated to London.
  2. Document 162.