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Anglo-Persian Agreement of 1919

Agreement between Persia and Britain that never was ratified. The agreement from Persian side was an attempt to get assistance for its extreme financial problems after World War 1. From the side of the British foreign minister, Lord Curzon, it was an attempt to turn Persia into a rather weak protectorate.
If the agreement had been implemented, it would have given the British enormous political, economic and military control over Persia. But as the details of the British proposal came to be known, reactions in Iran, as well as in foreign countries from the USA and Russia were too strong for a continuation of the process. The agreement was hence never ratified by the Persian parliament.

By Tore Kjeilen