741.91/83: Telegram

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

Your 169, August 28. You are instructed to deny both to Persian officials, and to any one else interested in this matter, that America [Page 708] has refused to aid Persia. You will also state that the United States has constantly and consistently showed its interest in the welfare of Persia and that the American Mission at Paris several times endeavored earnestly to secure a hearing for the Persian Mission before the Peace Conference. The American Mission was surprised that it did not receive more support in this matter but the announcement of the new Anglo-Persian Treaty probably explains why the American Mission was unable to secure such hearing. It would appear also that the Persian Government at Teheran did not strongly support the efforts of its Mission at Paris.

The Government of the United States has learned with surprise of the recent Anglo–Persian Treaty which would seem to indicate that Persia does not desire American support and cooperation in the future, in spite of the fact that the Persian delegates in Paris strongly and openly sought our assistance.