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On the 20th in Rome, the Shah of Persia was woken up soon after dawn in his hotel room by the delivery of a telegram from General Zahedi on behalf of the new Government in Teheran inviting him to return to his country. The monarch jumped out of his bed to read the telegram which his Secretary handed in. Another telegram was delivered soon from Bagher Boushehri. It told the monarch. "The faithful Iranian people enthusiastically await Your Majesty's return." In Teheran, Major Kahtami, beaming, with pleasure, said the Shah was likely to fly first to Baghdad in a Chartered plane. The Shah had sent the following message in response to General Zahedi's telegram.
"In the name of the Almighty, I declare I am deeply grateful for the support which the Iranian people have shown towards me, and in defence of Constitution. "
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