By: Mir M.Hosseini
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs conveyed a telegram from Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister in response to Prime Minister Ebrahim Hakimi. In the message which was translated to Persian and delivered with the original, Churchill thanked his Excellency for congratulations on the occasion of the end of the war in Europe, and expressed hopes that the Japanese aggressor would be overthrown soon. He also expressed his gratification for Iran's siding with Allied Powers.
Iran's political maneuvers after or near the end of the WWII was mostly focused on preparing the ground for the occupation forces to leave the country; specially, the Soviet military presence in northern provinces caused much concern because Azerbaijan and Kurdistan were at the verge of separation from mainland as part of a Russian conspiracy.
Only 4 days later, on May, 16, 1945, Iran referred to this telegram as-proof of the end of the war and asked Allied Powers to leave the country. More than 25 centuries of statehood not only created buildings and cultural heritage but also a pattern of imperial foreign diplomacy each worth a case-study.