'File 3/5 Persian Territorial waters – Limits for'

IOR/R/15/5/175

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The record is made up of 1 file (24 folios). It was created in 10 Jan 1934-23 Jul 1942. It was written in English. 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.

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This file concerns a recent claim, made by the Persian Minister for Foreign Affairs to HM Chargé d’Affaires to Persia [temporarily held by Victor Alexander Louis Mallet], to a ten mile limit for Persian territorial waters. It contains copies of correspondence between the Foreign Office, 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. , and the Admiralty, regarding whether or not Britain should give a formal response to what is referred to as being an informal claim made by the Persian Minister for Foreign Affairs. The issue is discussed with reference to recent incidents involving Arab dhows in the Gulf.

James Sidney Barnes, writing on behalf of the Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty [as Principal Assistant Secretary], advises that there should be no formal repudiation and that British officials should avoid any action that might in any way compromise the views of His Majesty's Government on territorial waters.

In addition, the file includes a copy of instructions, produced by the Foreign Office and relayed by the British Legation, Tehran, regarding the attitude that should be taken in the event of the arrest of a British subject by the Persian authorities at the outer anchorage at Bushire.

The file concludes with copies of correspondence regarding instructions for searching Persian dhows that are suspected of arms trafficking. Other correspondents in the file include the British Minister, Tehran, and the Senior Naval Officer, Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .

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1 file (24 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 26; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 3-24; these numbers are written in pencil, and are not circled. A previous foliation sequence between ff 22-24, which was written in pencil and not circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English in Latin script
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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
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IOR/R/15/5/175
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Second Series: 3/5

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10 Jan 1934-23 Jul 1942 (CE, Gregorian)

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