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287. Telegram From the Station in Iran to the Central Intelligence Agency1

TEHE 744. Ambassador Henderson believes moment has come when the Shah should issue appeal to all members armed forces and all Iranian civilian officials to obey orders of Gen Zahedi and those appointed by him. Shah also hopes all loyal Iranians will give full support to this genuine national govt. Shah plans to return Tehe in near future. In addition to making this statement suggest Shah have records made [Page 700]of his appeal and rushed by air to Tehran. If necessary by chartered plane. If Dept agrees it is hoped that immediate contact be made in Rome.2

End of message.

  1. Source: Central Intelligence Agency. Secret; Operational Immediate. Transcribed specifically for the Foreign Relations series from microfilm in the Central Intelligence Agency that no longer exists. See “Sources” chapter.
  2. Telegram TEHE 745 from Tehran, August 19, noted that Ambassador Henderson cautioned “that Shah of Iran must not now be permitted return. Let public sentiment develop into demand for his return then let Shah of Iran return when Tehe reports moment.” (Ibid.)