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'Muscat Treaty' [‎21r] (56/537)

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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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Telegram Q
From His Majesty^ Secretary of State for India,
London.
To Governmeit of India, External Affairs Depart
ment, Simla,
Repeated 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. , Bushire,
Copy by post to 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,
No.1126.
Dated the 17th and receivedthe ISth June 1938,
Following for Metcalfe from Peel.
s j* fj ~// / J Reference Fowle ! s letter
No.300-S of May 28th and paragraph 3 of GovenSnt of India
telegram No.926 of June 8th. Muscat Treaty.
2. Foreign Office areinclinedto think that
it would be a mistake to endeavour to persuade the Sultan
to concede favours which are not enjoyed by British
Consular Officers elsewhere and that generally speaking
our demands should be kept within limits of what our own
practice regards as reasonable except where very special
local conditions point something wider. As regards (a)
in Fowle 1 s proposed letter to Sultan, Foreign Office
point^ out that while "free entry for all personal
requirements" may be of advantage in saving government
from having to compensate Consul for high cost of living,
this could not be a valid reason for claiming Customs
exemption and if conceded by Sultan would undoubtedly
lead to similar concession for Muscati Consul. As
regards (b) Foreign Office consider that there is fair
ground

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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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