Well Pleased and Satisfied
Abdollah Entezam’s Reply to Sec. Dulles (1954)

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SECRETARY DULLES TO PRIME MINISTER AND FOREIGN MINISTER OF IRAN [U.S. Sec. of State John Foster Dulles to Premier Fazlollah Zahedi and Abdollah Entezam]

White House press release 422 dated August 5 [Date of message not given]

Sec. of State John Foster Dulles I wish to extend my heartiest congratulations on the agreement which you have reached with the international negotiation team. I am convinced that this settlement, based upon the principles which have been announced, will represent a satisfactory and entirely equitable arrangement in which all parties concerned will be sharing responsibility and benefit. The signing of an agreement in principle when ratified will mean immediate resumption of Iran’s great oil industry to the consequent advantage of the people of Iran.

I am pleased that our Government was in a position to lend its assistance in resolving this intricate problem, and I am particularly pleased at the statesmanship which was demonstrated by the negotiators on all sides.

I am happy that Iran will be able, as soon as operation of its oil industry is resumed, to carry forward its program of economic and social betterment and that its people will play an ever increasing part in the maintenance of peace and security in the Middle East.

Foreign Minister Entezam to Secretary Dulles [Abdollah Entezam to U.S. Sec. of State John Foster Dulles]

White House press release dated August 9 [Date of message not given]

Iranian Foreign Minister Abdollah Entezam (1895-1983) EXCELLENCY: I am deeply grateful for the sincere congratulations extended by Your Excellency to His Excellency the Prime Minister and myself on the occasion of the reaching of an agreement in principle between the Government of Iran and the Iranian National Oil Company and the representatives of eight companies, and I especially consider it to be my duty to express my sincere gratitude for the sincere efforts of the Government of the United States of America in rendering this agreement possible.

I hope that substantial quantities of Iranian oil, which represent our major national resource, will begin to flow abroad at the earliest possible time, and that the Imperial Iranian Government will be able with revenues derived therefrom to carry out its economic and social programs for raising the standards of living of the Iranian people. I realize that the execution of these programs will play an important part in the maintenance of peace and international security and I am sure that the honorable officials of the United States of America are doing all they can to assist in the economic and social development of Iran. I avail myself of the opportunity to renew to Your Excellency the assurances of my high consideration.


• Source:
The Department of State Bulletin
Vol. XXXI, No. 791 • Publication 5573
August 23, 1954

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