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'Muscat Treaty' [‎7r] (28/537)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (255 folios). It was created in 10 Jun 1938-29 Nov 1938. 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.

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CANADA
COMMONWEAL
NEW ZEALAN
UNION OF S
IRELAND
SOUTHERN PJ
Circular d
/To 1 & 57
(to all)
mmtm
P,Z. 3198/38.
Enclosure in Dominions Office Covering Letter
No.T.576/19 dated 5th May, 1938.
CANADA
COMMONWEALTH OP AUSTRALIA
NEW ZEALAND
UNION OP SOUTH AFRICA
IRELAND
SOUTHERN RHODESIA.
Circular despatch E.No.lO.
Downing Street,
5th May, 19 38.
/To 1 & 5/
(to all)
Sir,
My Lord,
With reference to my Circular despatch E.No.33
of the 10th September, 1937,
and to my despatch No. 1 ^ of to-day^ date,
I have the honour to state that, on the occasion of the
renewal for a further year from the 11th February, 1938,
of the Muscat Commercial Treaty of 1891, the Sultan
expressed his unwillingness to agree to any further
renewal after the 11th February, 1939. Advantage was
accordingly taken of His Highness f s recent visit to this
country to discuss with him informally the terms of a new
treaty to take its place. A copy is enclosed of the
draft treaty which has now been sent to His Highness as
a result of the discussions. This draft is subject to
further consideration on both sides, but, subject to
this, it is hoped that the negotiations may be resumed
with His Highness in July after his return to Muscat
and that they will be concluded in time for the new
treaty to be signed there during that month.
I have, etc.,
(Sgd.) MALCOLM MAC DONALD.
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Correspondence relating to negotiation of Muscat Treaty in 1938. The Muscat Commercial Treaty 1891 had been renewed every year but in 1938 Sultan Said bin Taimur stated that he was not prepared to renew it further. Correspondence relates to the negotiations over a new treaty, the clauses and their wordings.

Discussions in the correspondence included:

  • Issue of appointment of Consular Officers to inland towns.
  • Whether the treaty could be translated into classical or modern Arabic.
  • Jurisdiction of nationals other than those defined in the 1891 treaty.
  • Customs duties.
  • Importation of items such as alcoholic liquors and tobacco by His Majesty's Consul for his personal use.
  • Arrangements for obtaining Sultan's signature in Muscat or Dhofar.

Includes side-by-side Arabic and English translations of draft clauses as well as a copy of the Arabic and English text proposed for the treaty. The final treaty was composed of 23 articles covering: nationals; aircraft; internal duties and taxes; prohibitions on imports; appointment of Consuls; assistance of vessels in distress; freedom of conscience and religious toleration; procedures for termination of the treaty; the equivalence of the Arabic and English version of the text of the treaty but where dispute English text was considered decisive; length of treaty. Also includes a confidential letter relating to Article 15. Correspondents include: Said bin Taimur [Sa‘īd bin Taymūr], Sultan of Muscat; Sir Trenchard Craven William Fowle, 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 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. ; Rutherford Berriman Tippetts, Board of Trade, London; 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. , Whitehall, London; 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.

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1 volume (255 folios)
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The papers are arranged chronologically from the front to the rear of the file.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the system of foliation in use is the sequence of numbers written in pencil in the top right hand corner of each folio.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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