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Iran / U.S. Diplomacy Reaches Embassy Level

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February, 10, 1944 A.D.:
Iran / U.S. Diplomacy Reaches Embassy Level

By: Mir M.Hosseini

The WWII gave the United States tools to become a major world player. A shift in U.S. foreign diplomacy was shaping towards imperialism and opportunities were sought to follow the Russian and British political trends. Roosevelt wrote in a note on Jan, 12, 1944 that Iran was a backward country and that made him afraid to use Iran as a sample for implementation of U.S. policies but he insisted in trying.
On July, 31st in a telegraph sent to the U.S. consulate in Tehran, the increasing importance on Iran-U.S. relations was underlined and U.S. expressed willingness to take a more active role in Iran's affairs including trade and commerce, foundation of air bases, and exploring the feasibility of petroleum related activities. Following this trend, president Roosevelt said that both countries had many reasons to become close friends on Sept, 2nd.
On Feb, 10, 1944, in a joint statement by the states of Iran and the United States, it was published that both states wanted to raise the status of their representation in each other's countries to the embassy level as a result of close mutual relationship.

KEY TERMS:British , Iran , Roosevelt , Russia , Russian , Tehran , United States , WWI , WWII

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