Irish Free State accepts invitation to participate in Kellogg-Briand Pact
Excellency, I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your Excellency's Note of 22nd May referring to, the draft Treaty for the renunciation of war and extending an invitation from your Government to the Government of the Irish Free State to become one of the original parties to the proposed Treaty. The Government of the Irish Free State warmly welcome the action of the United States Government in initiating this further advance towards the maintenanice of general peace. They are in cordial agreerment with the general principle of the draft Treaty, which they confidently hope will ensure the peacful settlement of future international disputes.
Sharing the view expressed by the Secretary of State of the United States in his speech before the American Society of International Law that nothing in the draft Treatvy is inconsistent with the Covenant of the League of Nations, the Government of the Irish Free State accept unreservedly the invitation of the United States Government to become a party to the Treaty jointly with the other State similarly invited. The Governmnent of the Irish Free State will be glad, therefore, to participate in and to further by every possible means the negotiations which may be necessary for the conclusion of the Pact.
Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest esteem.
McGrath, Minister for External Affairs.