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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le 5 (6). My remarks regarding article 5 (4) ("b) also apply
to tills article. In this case I think three months
inadeg L uate and at least six months should "be allowed.
le S (2). This Clause I am afraid will lead to endless
I ■ ! 1
trouble exactly as in the past was experienced over the
interpretation of that unfortunate phrase "'Tieady money
market'' in the old Treaty. mentioned in Sub
Paragraph (3) of Article 6 provision has been made for
the appointment of a Tariff Board and I would strongly
urge that an attempt be made to delete altogether Sub-
Paragraph (2) and interpose in Sub-Paragraph (3) some
form of expression by which the Sultan undertakes to
fix values for customs purposes solely and entirely by
means of this Tariff Board. All British Indian
Merchants with whom I have discussed this point were
unanimous in welcoming such an institution and the
Sultan himself from time to time has stated to me that
the idea in principle was quite acceptable to him 9 and
I think there is a good chance ? if he were pressed, to
his agreeing to have all values fixed by the Board.
le 6 (4) I would suggest that some sort of Clause as the
following should be added to this sub-article -
Should the experts be unable to agree as to the
"choice of an Umpire the decision o' p the Custom House
Si Authorities shall be final 1 * I suggest this in the light
of my experience in numerous cases which have occured
where disputes have arisen between British subjects and
the Muscat Customs Authorities.
The experts who would be chosen by the two parties
under this paragraph would, I am convinced, never be
able te agree on any one Umpire in view of the fact
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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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The papers are arranged chronologically from the front to the rear of the file.
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