The Assistant Secretary of State ( Welles ) to the Permian Ambassador ( Freyre )

My Dear Mr. Ambassador: In view of the publication in the press this afternoon of a communiqué issued by the Peruvian Foreign Office quoting the text of the communication made by the Government of Peru to the Government of the United States with reference to the situation in Nicaragua, this Government has felt it necessary to make a statement to the press, which I take pleasure in enclosing for the information of Your Excellency’s Government.78

It is, of course, however, a matter of particular regret to this Government, in view of the peculiarly close and friendly relations existing between the Government of Peru and the Government of the United States that the Government of Peru should not have first inquired of this Government as to its policy with regard to the situation [Page 836] which had arisen in Nicaragua before the communication was made, in order that this Government might have been privileged to advise the Government of Peru of all pertinent facts, of its own policy, and that no request for intervention had ever been made.

Please accept [etc.]

Sumner Welles
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