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Coll 28/22 ’Persia; Relations with H.M.G. Persian Debt to H.M.G.’ [‎20r] (39/385)

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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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to secure a formal recognition in the Treaty of the
status of Tamb, and of Abu Musa, in the terms of the
present draft Article VIII. If the Persians wish to
couple their recognition of the Jov/asimi ownership of
Tamb with a lease of the Island on the Sheikh's conditions
we should see no objection , so long as the Sheikh’s
conditions were met, and the point about the lighthouse
to which reference is made in Lascelles’ memorandum was
covered. But we are not anxious to encourage them to
do so and the draft as it stands tends to go farther than
we should like. We should therefore like to propose the
following redraft:- "The position as regards Article VIII,
Tamb, Abut Musa and Sirri, is still as described in
the relevant part of the Memorandum. Formal recognition
by Persia in the Treaty of the Jowasimi ownership of
iam P an <t Abu Musa is one of the ^-essential desiderata
of His Majesty’s Government. If, however, the Persian
Government should desire to revive the question of
leasing Tamb, subsequent to their recognition of its
status, from the Sheikh of Ras-al-Khaimah, His Majesty’s
Government while not anxious to encourage the Persian
Government to adopt this course, would in such
circumstances see no objection to it, subject to acceptance
by the Persian Government of the conditions laid down by

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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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