The Colombian Minister of Foreign Relations ( Esguerra ) to the Secretary of State
Excellency: Resolution CVIII of the Eighth International Conference of American States, which met in Lima in 1938,2 selected Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, as the seat of the Ninth International Conference of American States, and, in conformity with the decision made by the Governing Board of the Pan American Union, at the session of May 7 last, the opening of the said Conference is to take place on Saturday, January 17, 1948.
In the name of the Government of Colombia I have the honor to invite, through the distinguished good offices of Your Excellency, the Government of the United States of America to be represented at the Ninth International Conference of American States through the designation of Delegates, who will receive in Colombia the most cordial welcome and whose cooperation for the successful outcome of so important a meeting will be especially valuable.
The program of the Ninth International Conference of American States will be sent directly to Your Excellency’s Government by the Governing Board of the Pan American Union.[Page 2]
My Government will appreciate it very much if Your Excellency will be so good as to inform it, as soon as possible, of the number and names of the persons who will form the United States Delegation.
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