The Persian Chargé ( Ali-Kuli Khan ) to the Acting Secretary of State

No. 216

Excellency: I have the honor to advise that I have today received a cablegram from the Persian Minister of Foreign Affairs at Teheran, to the effect that the British Legation has informed them that the British Government agrees with willingness that the Persian Government should participate at the Peace Conference through a duly accredited delegation, and that the British Government will [Page 262] on its part assist Persia in achieving this end, but that it would be necessary that the Persian Government should make representations at the courts of the other Allied Governments in order that all these governments would be unanimous in aiding Persia to realize this object.

Accordingly, I have the honor to inform your Excellency that my Government instruct me in the above cablegram to approach your Government with the request that you will be good enough to assist Persia upon this occasion, when the friendship and sympathy of the United States of America will prove of great value in enabling Persia to be represented at the Peace Conference with the right to vote, in order that the many wrongs suffered by Persia during one whole century, including those suffered during the period of the war, shall be righted, and the economic and political independence and sovereignty of Persia as well as her future prosperity be secured upon the foundation of justice provided in the great principles of the United States of America.

I will be thankful if at your earliest convenience you will be good enough to send a favorable answer to this note which I may telegraph to my Government.

Accept [etc.]

Mirza Ali-Kuli Khan, N. D