File No. 881.00/634
The Secretary of State to the French Ambassador
Washington, January 15, 1917.
Excellency: Referring to my informal note of the 2d instant and your excellency’s reply of the 8th instant in regard to the recognition of the French Protectorate in Morocco, I have the honor to inform you that the Government of the United States, taking into consideration the political relations of the Government of the French Republic to the Government of Morocco, has concluded to recognize, and hereby formally recognizes, the establishment of the French Protectorate over the French Zone of the Sheriffian Empire. The Government of the United States is moved to take this action notwithstanding the present conflict in Europe in order to meet the wishes of the French Government and the French people, for whom the Government and people of the United States entertain a traditional and sincere friendship.
I have the honor to request the customary courtesy of your excellency in bringing the foregoing to the attention of the French Government.