The Persian Chargé ( Ali-Kuli Khan ) to the Secretary of State
Excellency: I have the honor to submit herewith, for your Excellency’s prompt and kindly consideration, copies of the translation of two cipher cablegrams, which I have received from the Minister of Foreign Affairs at Teheran.
As these messages clearly point out, the Imperial Persian Government is appealing to the Government of the United States to recognize [Page 258] their right of representation at the Peace Conference with the right to vote, in order that the vast losses inflicted upon Persia by the belligerent Powers, who occupied and invaded the neutral territory of Persia, be indemnified and the sovereignty and economic and political independence of Persia be secured for all time upon the firm foundation of justice which it is the unalterable purpose of your Government to embody in the Peace Treaty. My Government are assured that your Excellency’s Government will clearly see the justice of this request on the part of Persia.
In my recent cablegrams I had urged my Government to take prompt action in naming their delegation to the Peace Conference giving it full instruction to co-operate thoroughly and closely with the Government of the United States and to support the American delegation with their vote in realizing the great principles enunciated by the President of the United States.
If the British Government continues to take the attitude mentioned in the enclosed cablegrams, how could Persia be given a chance at the Peace Conference to safeguard her future, and have a voice in matters discussed at the Peace Conference, which will directly and definitely concern her destiny as a sovereign nation?
May I also submit herein enclosed, an article by La Marquise de Fontenoy, published in the New York Evening Sun, under the date of November 19th,1 which reflects to a degree the views of certain representatives of the old regime in Great Britain concerning British policy in Persia.
At this time when the United States of America is to insure the independence and sovereignty of all nations of the world, it is the aim of the sovereign state of Persia, with the help of America, to guard herself against all direct and indirect attempt upon the part of Great Britain or any other Power, to interfere with her independence and seek to use her as their “sphere of influence.”
As the time, preceding the opening of the Peace Conference, is very short, may I beg your Excellency for a prompt and favorable answer which I may transmit to my Government.
- Not reprinted.↩
- Omission indicated in translation received from Persian Chargé.↩
- In telegram No. 54, Nov. 25, 1918, 1 p.m., the Minister in Persia reported receipt of a note from the Persian Foreign Office giving the following eight points; he also reported that the Legation had requested a more precise statement regarding the eighth point. The substance of telegram No. 54 was repeated by the Department in telegram No. 171, Dec. 11, 1918, 5 p.m., to the Commission to Negotiate Peace, for Colonel House. (File No. 763.72119/2790.)↩