58. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski)1


  • The Secretary of State
  • The Secretary of Defense
  • The Director of Central Intelligence


  • SCC on Security Framework for the Persian Gulf (S)

The President has reviewed the Summary of Conclusions for the February 29 SCC meeting2 and issued the following instructions:

1. Political and Economic Presence in the Persian Gulf

The financial and commercial actions recommended by State are not approved in so far as they affect our tax laws. (S)

2. Access to Facilities in Oman

The text of a Presidential letter on assurances to Oman was approved as follows:

“In line with my general view of vital U.S. interests in the Gulf Region, I want to emphasize that the security and independence of Oman are of great importance to the U.S. The new cooperative arrangements which have been concluded by our two governments are tangible evidence of our concern in this regard and are a mutual response to threats to the security of the sovereign nations of the region. Any such threat to the independence and territorial integrity of Oman would be regarded by the U.S. with grave concern, and in that event it would be our firm intention to consult promptly with your government on an appropriate reaction in accordance with our constitutional process. . . . (S)

3. Saudi Arabia

Approval is granted to develop a program for internal security to Saudi Arabia, and to develop an approach to persuade the Saudis to accept it. (S)

Zbigniew Brzezinski3
  1. Source: Carter Library, Brzezinski Donated Material, Geographic File, Box 15, Southwest Asian/Persian Gulf—[3/80]. Secret.
  2. See Document 57.
  3. Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.