195. Telegram From the Embassy in the United Kingdom to the Department of State 1

4274. Subject: Iranian Oil. During conversations in London yesterday, Under Secretary Rostow stressed importance our parallel efforts to ensure success of oil talks this week in Iran.2 While we did not get as far as British Government did with oil companies, we had made clear both to GOI and to American oil companies our sense of the sensitivity of situation and our hope they would reach a reasonable compromise acknowledging the rightful interests of both sides. FonMin Brown urged separate American approach to Aramco with respect both to present negotiations and possible future Aramco transactions with Saudi Arabia.

  1. Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Records of the Department of State, Central Files, 1964–66, PET 6 IRAN. Secret. Repeated to Tehran and Jidda.
  2. On November 26 Ambassador Meyer reported in telegram 2298 from Tehran that the Consortium team had tentatively completed its negotiations with the Iranians. (Ibid., PET 6 IRAN)