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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎96r] (196/452)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (222 folios). It was created in 27 Nov 1912-14 Apr 1913. It was written in English, Farsi and French. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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[This Document is the Property of His Britannic Majesty’s Government.]
I told Mr. Greenway that articles 2 and 4 in their present form would give rise
to much difficulty : the claim in article 2 to the exclusive right to build tramways, &c.,
in the whole area of the concession would undoubtedly be regarded as a monopoly,
was therefore agreed that a possible way of meeting the difficulty would be for the
syndicate to have the right of establishing necessary transport facilities, “in so far as
they do not exist or are not adequately and duly provided by the Persian Government
or their nominees.” This merely gives the syndicate a reversionary right essential to
the protection of their interests. Article 2 has been amended accordingly and article 4
has been cancelled.
I told Mr. Greenway that the Russian Government were somewhat perturbed by
tbe limits of the concession. Mr. Greenway said those limits did not encroach on the j
Russian sphere, but he was willing to admit Russian participation in the concession j
up to 50 per cent, of the whole should the Russian Government desire it and His j
Majesty’s Government agree to it.
As to the limits of the proposed concession, it had been arranged that they should
be from Yesdikhast to Birjand, avoiding the Russian sphere, and from those two points
due south to the coast.
Now Mr. Wood, Mr. Greenway’s agent at Tehran, has telegraphed saying that the
Persian Government desire to alter these limits to the provinces of Kerman and Luristan
(the latter, he thinks, must be meant for Laristan). Mr. Greenway would like to give
the Persian Government the option of adhering to the limits as described in the preceding
paragraph, or of making them the province of Kerman including Seistan (where there
is a mine) and Pars, including Laristan. He pointed out that if Russia were admitted
to this concession it would confer on her an interest in the British sphere, and he there- j
fore suggested that any Russian interest in the concession might be confined to such
portions of it as were outside the British sphere.
Mr. Greenway said that any of the solutions covered by this minute would be
acceptable to him, and that he would instruct Mr. Wood to be guided by the advice of
Sir W. Townley as to the course he was to adopt. I told Mr Green way that full and
detailed instructions would be telegraphed to Sir W . Townley in accordance with w hat-
ever course Sir E. Grey might decide upon, and that we would duly advise the Mining
Syndicate in London.
1 gave Mr. Greenway a copy of this minute, which he said accurately represented
his views. . ^
[February 3.]
Section 1.
No. 1.
Memorandum by Mr. Parker.
I SAW Mr. Greenway this evening and discussed the concession of the Persian
Mining Syndicate with him. He brought me a copy of the concession which the
syndicate now wish to obtain, and I annex the copy to this paper.
and might conflict with the proposals for railway development in South Persia, which
form the subject of a separate negotiation. Mr. Greenway on the other hand pointed
out that a mining concession without adequate transport facilities was useless, and it
form the subject of a separate negotiation.
A. P.
Foreign Office, February 3, 1913.
[2804 c—1]

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The volume contains memoranda, correspondence and telegrams, and minutes of letters between British officials regarding railway constructions in Persia, focussing on the line planned between Mohammerah [Khorramshahr, Iran] and Khoremabad [Khorramabad, Iran].

The subjects covered are:

  • the leasing of land around Khor Musa to the British by the Ruler of Mohammerah, in 1912 (document in Farsi with English translation on ff 182-183);
  • railway concessions agreed by Persian Government and negotiations with Persian Railways Syndicate;
  • Persian Railways Syndicate's application for a mining concession in the Kerman district (Draft Concession on ff 52 and 53);
  • the Julfa-Tabriz Railway Concession, in French (ff 62-63).

The main correspondents are: the Ruler of Mohammerah, Shaikh Kazal [Khaz‘al bin Jābir bin Mirdāw al-Ka‘bī], Persian Railways Syndicate Limited, the Imperial Bank of Persia, the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. , the Foreign Office, and the Political Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. .

Some correspondence is in Farsi and some letters in French, from the Russian Embassy in London, are present in the volume. A map of Persia and Afghanistan, showing the projected railways, is on folio 77.

The volume includes a divider which gives the year that the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references contained in it arranged by year. This divider is placed at the front of the volume.

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1 volume (222 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume. The subject 240 (Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement) consists of one volume, IOR/L/PS/10/332.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 224; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. The map, f 77, is a very large fold-out sized at A1.

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English, Farsi and French in Latin and Arabic script
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