Mossadegh in America

Historic United Nations Appearance and U.S. Tour, 1951

Arash Norouzi

The Mossadegh Project | March 27, 2007                        

Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, Prime Minister of Iran and U.S. President Harry S. Truman shake hands outside Blair House

In the fall of 1951, Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh embarked upon a six week trip to the United States, mainly to defend Iran’s contested oil nationalization before the United Nations Security Council.

After New York, Mossadegh’s itinerary included stops in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Virginia. He met with President Harry Truman, visited the Supreme Court as the guest of Justice William O. Douglas, and toured historic U.S. landmarks with Philadelphia mayor Bernard Samuel. The premier also gave talks at the National Press Club in DC and the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia.

All expenses for the trip, including that of his son and daughter who accompanied him, were paid by Mossadegh himself. Upon leaving the United States, Mossadegh went directly to Cairo, where he was greeted by millions of Egyptian supporters.

Mossadegh in the United States — October 8 - November 18, 1951

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Mossadegh at the United Nations

Truman and Mossadegh’s First Messages on Iran Oil Dispute (1951)
President Truman and Premier Mossadegh's First Messages on Iran Oil Dispute (1951)


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Pres. Truman, Dean Acheson and Mossadegh Talk at Blair House (Oct. 23, 1951)

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