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'Muscat succession' [‎2r] (3/24)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (34 folios). It was created in 15 Oct 1940-24 Dec 1945. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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CONFIDENTIAL ,
No. C/562.
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Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. & H.B.M's Consulate,
Muscat | the 15th October 1940.
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Msgor T# Hlckinbotham, GkB.E,,
Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. & Consul,
Muscat*
The Hon'ble the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency.
in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ,
Bushire*
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Sir,
I have the honour to refer to the correspondence
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ending with your telegram No» 707 dated October 11th, 1940.
2* At an interview with the Sultan on the 14th of October
I discussed with him the question of his successor. His
Highness was inclined to treat the question in a rather im
personal way due no doubt to the fact that at present he has no
male heir and has no particular affection for amy single member
of his family*
The Sultan considered that in the interests of both
His Majesty^ Government and the State his successor should hold
the same views as his own with regard to the Stated close
connection with His Majesty's Government^ and should be personally
acceptable to the majority of the people. In his opinion it
would be necessary to consider the claims of his uncles Saiyid
Nadir bin Faisal, Saiyid Hamad bin Faisal, Saiyid Shahab bin
Faisal, who is at present Minister for External Affairs, and
his half brother Tarik bin Taimur. He did not think that any
of his other relatives were worthy of consideration nor would
they, in his opinion, put forward any claim • I asked if his
eldest half brother, Saiyid Majid bin Taimur would have any claim
/ but while
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Correspondence relating to the succession to Said bin Taimur [Sa‘īd ibn Taymūr], Sultan of Muscat, in the event of his sudden demise. Said bin Taimur felt that no member of the Royal Family met the two criteria required for his succesor: to hold the same views as his own about the State's close connection with the British Government and to be personally acceptable to the majority of the people.

Includes notes by Major Tom Hickinbotham, Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Muscat, on four members of the Al Bu SaRoyal Family: Saiyid Shahab bin Faisal bin Turki [Shahāb Fayṣal bin Turkī]; Saiyid Nadir bin Faisal [Nādir bin Fayṣal]; Saiyid Hamad bin Faisal; Saiyid Tarik bin Taimur[Tāriq bin Taymūr]; Saiyid Majid bin Taimur [Mājid bin Taymūr].

A letter headed 'Most Secret' from the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. to the Secretary to the Government of India in the External Affairs Department describes a conversation between the Resident and Sultan Said bin Taimur in which the Sultan intimated that he would prefer a British Officer to fill the post of Regent rather than any members of his family.

Correspondents include Major Tom Hickinbotham, Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. and HBMs Consul, Muscat; Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ; R R Burnett, Secretary to the Government of India, External Affairs Department, New Delhi.

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1 volume (34 folios)
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The papers are arranged chronologically from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the system of foliation used is the numbers appearing in a circle in the top right hand corner of the folio.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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