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'Muscat Treaty' [‎59r] (132/537)

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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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You will remern"ber that paragraph 2 of this article was the
result of lengthy discussions in the London negotiations, and i
should doubt i" ; tne Sultan could be induced to arrec to any
substantial amendment of it, if it is kept.
Article 6(4) . Watts' suggestion would snea to put the
Muscat Customs in the position of always having their way in the
last resort, and it would seen preferable to say e.r. "should
the experts be unable to agree as to the choice of an umpire,
the uirrpire shall be chosen by agreement between the consular
officer of His Majesty and the Omani Customs aut orities at
We have also considered the letter of 8th June from the
External Affairs Department of the Government of India, sent
me under your reference P.L,4151/38. Only one point in this
interests us, viz# the suggestion that such a provision as
Article 2, paragraph 1, is ordinarily held not to include
participation in coasting trade. Vie do not know on what grounds
this suggestion is made - in our treaties, where the coasting
trade is to be excepted from the national treatment revisions,
we always regard a specific exception as necessary for the
purpose# Article 3(3) of the present draft Treat.,; , ives
British shipping full national treatment and no e ception is
made for coasting trade. Therefore the object apparently
desired by the Government of India is, we think, already
secured.
the port of importation 1 '
Yours sincerely,
Sd. R.J. Shackle

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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.

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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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