890H.001 Zahir/4: Telegram

The Chargé in France (Marriner) to the Secretary of State

493. Shah Wali, Minister of Afghanistan to France, has sent here, under cover of letter to Ambassador not yet acknowledged, letter addressed to and for transmission to President Roosevelt from King Mohammed Zahir announcing death of his father and his accession to the throne “after election by our whole people”. Same letter expressed desire of Afghan Government to strengthen political and economic relations with the United States. What action do you desire concerning the letter?