File No. 763.72111/596

The Persian Chargé d’Affaires (Kuli Khan) to the Acting Secretary of State

Excellency: I have the honor to submit, for your consideration, the English translation of a cablegram received this morning from the Minister of Foreign Affairs at Teheran. The message, which is self-explanatory, is as follows:

From the beginning of the European War, Persia has firmly remained neutral. As now conflagrations have extended menacing actually to envelop Persian territory, this neutrality has been solemnly proclaimed by Imperial farman on November 1.

You are hereby authorized to notify the Government of the United States OF this decision. At the same time solicit their good offices for preventing neutral territory from becoming a theatre of war, and thus sparing innocent population from the horrors of a struggle to which it is a stranger. Alaos Saltaneh

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I need not emphasize the need felt for the good offices of your Government at this time, and how highly all such friendly assistance will be appreciated by my Government.

Accept [etc.]

Mirza Ali Kuli Khan