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Coll 28/22 ’Persia; Relations with H.M.G. Persian Debt to H.M.G.’ [‎19r] (37/385)

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The record is made up of 1 file (191 folios). It was created in 12 Jun 1931-1 Mar 1940. 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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4.
words ”ou suzerainet? TT should be omitted in the last
paragraph of Article I* These, however, are relatively
minor points,
5, I may perhaps put on record (in connection
with our recent discussion about Kuweit) that the risK
that the terms of Article I and the Notes to be attached
thereto might preclude us from establishing a protectorate
over one of the States named should we later desire to
do so, was discussed in 1930 in connection with various
drafts then under consideration, all of which involved an
undertaking by both parties ’'respecter l 1 integrity
territorial© et 1 1 independence de 1‘autre H.P.C.",
ana which covered the Gulf States (cp: Foreign Office
letter of 17th April 1930, E.1896/143/34; Walton's
letter to you of 12th December, 1930 No,P.Z.6916/30;
and Warner's letter of 29th December, 1930 E.6762/143/34} A
ihe x-oieign 0j.xi.ee appear to have been satisfied that no
risk was involved, and we assume that they remain of
imis opinion. The point was also discussed in connection
with Article VTI of the draft Treaty in Foreign Office
letter E.2632/1453/34 of 15th June 1932,
6 * Para,7, As you know, we have referred Article
III bis to the Government of India.
, Para, 10, We have always regarded it as essential
to/

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Correspondence concerning the Persian Government’s desire, signalled in June 1931, to pay off in full a pre-war interest-bearing debt owed to Britain, totalling £490,000. Correspondence is chiefly exchanged between the Foreign Office (Charles William Baxter, George William Rendel), the 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. (John Gilbert Laithwaite), the Treasury (Thomas Kenneth Bewley), and the British Legation at Tehran (Charles Dodd), and covers:

  • The wording of a formal response to be given to the Persian Government, that does not comprise or jeopardise the outstanding (post-war) debt of £1,510,000 remaining to be paid.
  • The nature of the servicing of the debt and its interest.
  • In late August 1931, the Persian Ministry of Finance’s decision to abandon service of the debt, and continue payment of interest on the debt at seven per cent.
  • In 1932, the Persian Ministry of Finance’s reversal of their earlier decision to abandon servicing of the debt.
  • In June 1933, confirmation via the Imperial Bank of Persia of the full servicing of the pre-war debt.
  • 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. correspondence dated October 1933, enclosing a provisional draft of instructions for a General Treaty between Britain and Persia, making mention of the outstanding debt owed by Persia to Britain (ff 16-34).

The file contains two letters in French (f 42, f 47), sent by the Treasury General of the Persian Ministry of Finance.

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1 file (191 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 192; 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.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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