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‘A collection of treaties, engagements and sanads relating to India and neighbouring countries’ [‎228] (245/578)

The record is made up of 1 volume (289 folios). It was created in 1933. It was written in English and French. 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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sively. Between 1921 and 1923 lie had entered into diplomatic relations
with Italy (June 1921), France* * (Agreement April 1922, Archeological
Convention, September 1922f) and Belgium (February 1923). The
entry of Afghanistan into the comity of nations had opened its doors to
an influx of foreigners engaged for the most part by the Afghan Govern
ment to carry out the Amir s programme for the moral and material
advancement of his country. In May 1925 the execution of an Italian
for causing the death of an Afghan subject, and in November 1925 the
arrest and detention of a German subject on a similar charge, led to
temporary crises between Afghanistan and the two countries concerned.
The latter event, though it eventually led to the recall of the German
representative, did not however prevent the conclusion of a Treaty of
Friendship with Germany in March 1926.
In December 1925 a detachment of Russian troops occupied the Island
of Urta Tagai on the Oxus, regarding which there had been a long
standing dispute between the two Governments. The affair caused some
excitement m Kabul, but turned out to be merely a frontier incident for
which the Soviet Government made as speedy amends as possible. On
the 31st August 1926 a Pact of neutrality and non-aggressioni” between
the Soviet and Afghan Governments was signed at Paghman.
The multilateral international engagements which Afghanistan has
signed or to which she is a party, so far as is known, are the following : —
Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded
and Sick of Armies in the Field (Red Cross Convention), 1906.
Universal Postal Convention, 1924.
International Treaty for the Renunciation of War as an Instru
ment of National Policy (Kellog Pact), 1928.
International Sanitary Convention, 1926.
Multilateral Treaty regulating the Status of Spitzbergen, 1920.
In June 1926 the British Legation was informed that the Amir
would 1 „ future be styled Padshah : and an announcement by the Afghan
Legation in London was published in “ Times ” to the effect that
Reconn H ""f t ik 110 ™ “ His Ma j est y the Eing of Afghanistan.
Recognition of the title was accorded by His Majesty’s Government.
Kandahar Iul ^ a ’ yompanied by the Queen, visited Mazar,
Kandahar and Khost, none of which he had previously visited
those coltTe^ I* 1 - 6 , K , ing a,ln0UUCed his ^ntion of visiting
Lerinr he Kf Z « f ^ e8tablisfed diplomatic relations.
O . Higdom in the charge of Sardar Muhammad Wali Khan,
* Appendix No. IX.
t Appendix No. X.
X Appendix No. XI.

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The volume is the fifth edition of volume 13 of a collection of historic treaties, engagements and sanads (charters) relating to India and its neighbouring countries, namely Persia and Afghanistan. This volume, originally compiled by Charles Umpherston Aitchison, Under Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department, was revised in 1930 and published in 1933 by the Manager of Publications in Delhi, under the authority of the Government of India.

Part 1 of the volume contains treaties and engagements relating to Persia and dating from between 12 April 1763 and 10 May 1929. The treaties refer to: trade agreements; foreign relations; prohibition and suppression of the slave trade; sovereignty and status of Persian regions; frontier negotiations; foreign concessions; telegraph lines. Part 2 of the volume contains treaties and engagements relating to Afghanistan and dating from between 17 June 1809 and 6 May 1930. The treaties relate to: foreign relations; the establishment of boundaries and frontier negotiations; peace treaties; commercial relations; import of arms. A number of appendices follow part 2, which contain the text of treaties relating to both Persia and Afghanistan.

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1 volume (289 folios)

The volume is arranged into two parts covering Persia and Afghanistan respectively, as are the appendices at the end of the volume. Each part is divided into a number of chapters, identified by Roman numerals, and arranged chronologically, from the earliest treaties to the most recent. At the beginning of each part is a general introduction to the treaties and engagements that follow.

There is a contents page at the front of the volume (ff 4-8) which lists the geographical regions and treaties. The contents pages refers to the volume’s pagination system. There is a subject index, arranged alphabetically, at the end of the volume (ff 277-87) which also refers to the volume’s pagination system.

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Foliation: The foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover, and terminates at the inside back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio (except for the front cover where the folio number is on the verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. ).

Pagination: The volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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