'Muscat Treaty' [134r] (282/537)
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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the translation of the treaty of 1891 caused a good deal
of trouble and delay, and on this occasion also was not
iavoid of difficulty, Tide correspondence ending with my
telegram Ho,T/lSl of 16th June 1958, The translation
of w Interpreter, Kh&Jk Sahib Mirza Ali, vfas shown to the
Sultan, who had some alterations to suggest. Fortunately
His Highness*3 own Secretary, Khan Bahadur Anraad bin
3iu3iflJ3Biad shubaili, was with him at iiaracni anu. j\han
Bahadur Saiyid Siddiq Hasan also came to Karachi on
ten days 1 leave, and was good enough together with
Xhan Bahadur Ahmad bin Muhammad shubaili and Khan Sahib
Mirza Ali t o f orm a translating Goiamittee of three.
Their results were daily submitted to the Sultan, who
took considerable trouble in satisfying himself of the
correctness of the translation# The result has been that
the translation nas been done quickly, correctly and
economically, fend unless there are any serious errors I
trust that it will be accepted by His Majesty 1 s .rovernment
and the Government of India in its present form (see
paragraph 8(b) below).
8, What now remainc to be done appears to be
(a) for His Majesty's Government and the Government
of India to approve finally of the text of the present
(b) for arrangements to be made - I suggest in London-
for the Arabic text to be checked,
(c) f or the Sngli sh and ATab i c t ext s to be prepared
(d) for the treaty to be signed. I suggest that tnis
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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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