741.91/81: Telegram

The Minister in Persia ( Caldwell ) to the Secretary of State

162. Strictly confidential. Public sentiment running against the present Cabinet on account of recent British treaty which many Persians consider to be in effect a mandate for Great Britain over Persia, thus circumventing League of Nations.

The treaty was secretly, and surreptitiously, prepared and suddenly announced. Public, including other Legations, greatly surprised and attribute to Cabinet lack of good intention and to Great Britain bad faith. Full text with [Persian newspaper comment on agreement] follows by cable. See my 160, August 11, 6 p.m.

Caldwell