166. Memorandum From the Ambassador-Designate to Iran (Helms) to President Nixon1
Attached is the analysis, requested in your letter to me,2 of the Middle East and our interests there as they relate to the growing importance of Middle East energy resources to the United States.
I have not, in this paper, dwelled on the complexities of the Arab-Israeli problem, even as they relate to our energy interests in the region, because of my feeling that this issue too often clouds our thinking on other important issues such as importance of the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula in an energy context.
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, White House Special Files, President’s Office Files, Box 20, President’s Handwriting, Feb 16–28, 1973. Top Secret. A notation on the memorandum indicates that the President saw it. A handwritten notation from Nixon reads, “To E & DiBona—for private info only—not for general circulation.” The attached paper is scheduled to be published in full in Foreign Relations, 1969–1976, volume E–9, Documents on Middle East Region; Arabian Peninsula; North Africa, 1973–1976.↩
- Document 149.↩
- Helms signed “Dick” above his typed signature.↩