§ 3. Sir John Mellor
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the German Legation in Iran has been closed?
§ Mr. Eden
The terms put forward by His Majesty's Government and the Soviet Government, and now accepted by the Iranian Government, provide that the German Minister and his staff must leave Teheran at once and that the German Legation must be closed. This also applies to the Italian, Hungarian and Rumanian Legations. The Iranian Government state that the four Legations have been informed of this decision and requested to comply forthwith. Orders have also been given by the Iranian Government to stop the facilities of the Axis Legations for communicating in cypher or by wireless. I take this opportunity to add that steps are being taken by the Iranian Government to hand over the German community in Iran to the British and Soviet Governments.
§ Sir J. Mellor
Are those legations being closed under British supervision, and will 160 the Vichy Government be permitted to have diplomatic representation in Persia?
§ Mr. Shinwell
In the event of any reluctance by the Iranian' Government to remove those gentry, are we going to take steps to kick them out ourselves?
§ Sir William Davison
Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a very large number of Germans in the Embassy at Teheran, and are they being handed over to the British or Russians for internment?