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Public and Political: General: Political: correspondence and papers on the dispute between Britain and Persia (Iran) over the nationalisation of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company and its oilfields and refinery at Abadan., May 1951 - Oct 1951

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/126

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon]; 1st Lord Simon [of Stackpole Elidor] (7); Geoffrey Geoffrey-Lloyd; "Bobbety", 5th Lord Salisbury [earlier Robert Gascoyne Cecil and Lord Cranborne]; Herbert Morrison [Foreign Secretary]; Patrick Buchan-Hepburn [later 1st Lord Hailes, Conservative Chief Whip]; "R S C", Randolph Churchill; Aga Khan (III). Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from secretaries Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], and Chips Gemmell; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Prime Minister Clement Attlee.Also includes: note by John Foster KC; extract from the Economist; copy of the Daily Telegraph (21 June); copies of Hansard (20-21 June and 2 July); Conservative Research Department material; extract from a speech by Eden; cutting from the Times; Egyptian News extracts; notes from a speech by WSC.Subjects covered by the file include: contrasting the 1951 situation with that of 1932; Britain taking its case to the International Court in the Hague [Netherlands]; the Soviet view of the situation; the Korean War; an incident involving a British merchant vessel, the "Empire Roach", in Egyptian waters; Soviet oil production; the Arabian-American Oil Company's 1950 agreement with Saudi Arabia.


  • Creation: May 1951 - Oct 1951

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1 file(s) (133 loose folios)

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Existence and Location of Copies

Folios 130-131: Copyright holder (Aga Khan) has withheld permission for online publication. Available at Churchill Archives Centre.

Repository Details

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