File No. 763.72119/2618

The Secretary of State to the Persian Minister ( Mehdi Khan)

Sir: [I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your note of December 17, in which you state that the Persian Government advised you by cable to seek officially the assistance of the United States Government in securing for Persia representation in the peace conference which will convene at the termination of this great war, and also to assist Persia to maintain the rights belonging to her as independent and sovereign state.

Your note has been read with great interest and deep sympathy and the requests contained therein are being very carefully studied by officials of the Department. The magnitude of the problems involved has precluded a hasty answer to the questions contained in your note. It is hoped, however, that it will be possible to reply to your note in the very near future.]

Accept [etc.]

Robert Lansing