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'File 35/86 II A 45 Muscat - Commercial Treaty of 1891 and revision of treaty 1922' [‎242v] (492/572)

The record is made up of 1 volume (281 folios). It was created in 12 Feb 1922-11 Mar 1931. 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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that such prohibition does not discriminate against articles
produced in the United States.
(c) That, in the event of the Government of Zanzibar
finding it desirable on grounds of public policy to fix
prices of food or other commodities, and always provided
that such price-fixing measured do not involve discrimination
against articles produced in the United States, they will
not regard as operative the clause in Article II of the 1833
Treaty prohibiting the establishment by the Sultan or his
officers of any fixed price on articles to be sold by merchante
of the United States or on merchandise which the latter
may wish to purchase.
12. In putting forward the first of the above requests,
I am once more to explain that this proposal on the part of
His Majesty's Government is not made on account of any
objection to the conduct of any United States Consul in
Zanzibar, but is merely designed to remove a special exemption
which is superfluous under the present settled administration
of the Protectorate.
13. As regards article 3 of the United States-Muscat
Treaty, I am to offer the following observations on the part
of my Government and to request you to be so good as to
confirm to me on behalf of the United States Government that
the assumptions of His Majesty^s Government are correct.
14. His Majesty^ Government have hitherto regarded
themselves as at liberty to approve the increase by the
Zanzibar Government of rates of import duty into the
Protectorate, in accordance with the spirit of the convention
of St. Germain-on-Lays, the purpose of which was to revise
the restrictive provisions of the earlier Act of Berlin and
Declaration of Brussels so as to enable sufficient revenues
to be raised for the proper administration of certain parts
of Africa in accordance with changed conditions and upon
modern lines. The United States were not parties to the Act
of Berlin nor, consequently, to the Declaration of Brussels,

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Correspondence concerning the Muscat Commercial Treaty of 1891 and a revision of the treaty in 1922. Includes the text of the 1833 Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the USA and Sayyid Sa'id bin Sultan [Saʻīd bin Sulṭān] of Muscat and correspondence with the United States of America over the revisions. Letters discuss the raising of the rate of customs from 5% to 10%. The file includes the text of the 1922 agreement in Arabic and English.

Correspondents include 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. , 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. ; 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; Deputy Secretary to the Government of India; Commonwealth of Australia, Governor General's Office; Foreign Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Department; Secretary of State, United States.

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1 volume (281 folios)

The papers are arranged chronologically from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: this file has circled foliation numbers that begin on front cover and end on back cover.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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