Austro-Hungarian Red Book: Szogyeny to Berchtold, 21 July 1914

On 21 July 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to Germany Laszlo Count Szogyeny-Marich (pictured) wrote to the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Leopold Count Berchtold. In his coded telegram, Szogyeny transmits a message concerning Italy on the behalf of the German Minister of Foreign Affairs.


Count Szogyeny to Count Berchtold. Berlin, 21 July 1914.

Cipher.—Strictly private.

The [German] Minister of Foreign Affairs today read a telegram to me from the German Ambassador in Rome, containing the following:

Marquis di San Giuliano [the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs] had told him that he did not believe that Epirotes [Albania] would attack Valona; should this however be the case, he, San Giuliano, would try to bring about a common action of Italy and Austria-Hungary against the Epirotes; he would always try to act in accord with Austria-Hungary, but his good intentions might be frustrated by the Servian question.


Source: 1919 Austro-Hungarian Red Book, with minor edits.


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