Letter From President Roosevelt to the
King of Saudi Arabia Regarding Palestine
(April 5, 1945)
GREAT AND GOOD FRIEND:
I have received the communication which Your Majesty
sent me under date of March 10, 1945, in which you refer to the question of
Palestine and to the continuing interest of the Arabs in current
developments affecting that country.
I am gratified that Your Majesty took this occasion to
bring your views on this question to my attention and I have given the most
careful attention to the statements which you make in your letter. I am
also mindful of the memorable conversation which we had not so long ago and
in the course of which I had an opportunity to obtain so vivid an
impression of Your Majesty's sentiments on this question.
Your Majesty will recall that on previous occasions I
communicated to you the attitude of the American Government toward
Palestine and made clear our desire that no decision be taken with respect
to the basic situation in that country without full consultation with both
Arabs and Jews. Your Majesty will also doubtless recall that during our
recent conversation I assured you that I would take no action in my
capacity as Chief of the Executive Branch of this Government which might
prove hostile to the Arab people.
It gives me pleasure to renew to Your Majesty the
assurances which you have previously received regarding the attitude of my
Government and my own, as Chief Executive, with regard to the question of
Palestine and to inform you that the policy of this Government in this
subject is unchanged.
I desire also at this time to send you my best wishes
for Your Majesty's continued good health and for the welfare of your
Your Good Friend,
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
ABDUL Am IBN ABDUR RAHMAN AL FAISAL AL SAUD
King of Saudi Arabia