By: Mir M.Hosseini
Mohammad Reza Shah met with President Kennedy at the white house on Apr, 13, 1962. Farah Diba, Shah's newly wed third wife accompanied him on this trip. On their arrival in US on Apr, 11, Kennedy welcomes him to the United States again. Since Shah's first trip in 1949, relations became stronger. Both CIA and Pentagon had established themselves in Iran. Underlying the fact that it was not easy to be a Persian, he pointed out the fact of several foreign threats and named Romans, Ottomans but stayed short when referring to friends from the south and enemies from the north, obviously meaning UK and USSR. He welcomed the Shah as a friend and a very valiant fighter who lived in the belly of the bear, thus using one of those phrases which belonged to the Cold War era. Kennedy emphasized on Iran's national independence, reaching beyond any ideology or national power. He appreciated Iran's efforts to maintain its national independence century after century. Kennedy added that the interests of both countries were the same: to maintain freedom and peace, and to provide a better life for their people.
Mohammad Reza Shah in response gave thanks for the invitation to visit America who he said had a magic meaning for the most distant communities of the world; associated it with freedom, progress, love of humanity, and justice.
The details of the meetings between the two leaders are not available but it's been marked that Shah was more comfortable with Republicans than Democrats who usually had issues like human rights in their agenda that irked the dictator. Nevertheless, Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas became a turning point in the American history towards a guided semi-democracy.