574.D1/29a: Circular telegram

The Secretary of State to All American Diplomatic Representatives

The Congress has authorized the President of the United States to call, in his discretion, an international conference to assemble in Washington to consider all international aspects of communication by telegraph, telephone, cable, wireless telephone, and wireless telegraphy, with a view to providing the entire world with adequate facilities for international communication on a fair and equitable basis. At the same time the President was authorized to appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, representatives on the part of the United States to participate in the Conference.

This Government has set November 15, 1920, as a suitable date for the Conference, and, accordingly, extends to the government to which you are accredited formal invitation to send representatives to Washington to meet with the representatives of the various nations for the purpose above mentioned.

You will urge upon the government to which you are accredited the very great importance which the Government of the United States attaches to this Conference, particularly in view of the opportunity which will thus be afforded to cultivate and maintain such intimate relationship between the various Powers to the great advantage of all.