HC Deb 19 July 1950 vol 477 c2248
29. Mr. M. Philips Price

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that Persia has recently been subjected to an increased radio propaganda from the Caucasus, that a hostile note has been sent from Moscow to Teheran; and whether he will consult with the United States of America and with friendly neighbouring States like Turkey with a view to countering this.

Mr. Younger

I am aware that Soviet propaganda has recently devoted much attention to Persia and that the Soviet Government have addressed two Notes to the Persian Government protesting against alleged activities of the Persian Oil Company in areas adjacent to Soviet territory. His Majesty's Government are. of course, in constant touch with the United States Government and as occasion may arise with other friendly Governments on questions affecting the security of the Middle East. On 19th May, my right hon. Friend reaffirmed His Majesty's Government's policy of support to Persia in her efforts to safeguard her independence and territorial integrity, and a similar statement was made by Mr. Acheson.

Mr. Price

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that Persia is a country where another Korea might easily be staged?

Brigadier Head

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that at the present time our propaganada in Persia is still deplorable and that it is not co-ordinated with that of the United States? Is it not high time that the Foreign Office took steps to improve our propaganda in the whole of the Middle East?

Mr. Younger

I am not prepared to admit the implications of that supplementary question, but if the hon. and gallant Gentleman wishes to have any particular information about it perhaps he will put a Question down.

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