Persian Reply to President Wilson's Peace Note, January 15, 1917

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Persian Reply to President Wilson's Peace Note, January 15, 19171

     His Imperial Majesty's Government has instructed me to communi-
cate to your Excellency that it experienced the utmost pleasure upon
receipt of the President's note of December 18, 1916, regarding peace
terms transmitted through the United States plenipotentiary at Tehe-
ran, and to express to you the hope that a step so benevolent and
humane will meet with the success it deserves.
     I am further instructed to say that, notwithstanding we declared
ourselves neutral, a large part of our country has been disturbed and
devastated by the fighting of the belligerents within our boundaries.
In view of this fact you can not doubt that we heartily welcome and
indorse the move the President has made.
     Furthermore, inasmuch as His Majesty's Government understands
from the President's note that he desires the preservation of the in-
tegrity and freedom of the powers and the weaker nations, and in
view of the firm friendship which has always existed between our
two countries, it ardently hopes that the Government of the United
States will assist our oppressed nation to maintain its integrity and
rights, not only for the present, but whenever a peace conference
shall take place.


1The New York Times, January 16, 1917.