740.0011 Pacific War/1704

The Under Secretary of State ( Welles ) to President Roosevelt

My Dear Mr. President: I have been requested by the Minister of Paraguay to communicate to you the following message addressed to you by the President of Paraguay:

“His Excellency

The President of the United States of North America,

Franklin D. Roosevelt

In presenting to Your Excellency the sincere support of the Government and people of Paraguay by reason of the Japanese aggression, I have the pleasure of informing Your Excellency that the solidarity of the Paraguayan Government with that of the United States during the actual emergency decreed by my Government under date of December 10, carries with it implicitly the determination of this Government that the United States of North America shall not be considered as a belligerent country.

I avail myself of this opportunity to renew to Your Excellency my most sincere good wishes and the cordial expression of my regard.

Higinio Morínigo M.
President of the Republic of Paraguay.”

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I am enclosing a draft telegram61 containing a message of acknowledgment which I believe you may wish to send directly to the President of Paraguay.

Believe me

Faithfully yours,

Sumner Welles
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