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Coll 28/22 ’Persia; Relations with H.M.G. Persian Debt to H.M.G.’ [‎27r] (53/385)

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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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conditions a very strong argument against making any
change unless this is quite inevitable. In these
circumstances we have assumed, in the light of the views
previosuly expressed by the Government of India, that
they would share our view on this point.
4. I deal below with Article' I and Article III bis
of the Treaty (paragraphs 6 and 7 of the draft despatch).
The arrangements^or the preservation of our most-favoured
nation rights and of the right of consular representation
set out in paragraph 8 of theTdespatch, .are to
some extent consequent on my demi official letter to
Foreign Offi ce 0 f 14th September, No.P.Z.5469/33, to which
reference is made above. The arguments for them are
obvious.
5. As regards the wireless stations at Henjam, etc.,
the Government of India have already agreed to the transfer
of the wireless apparatus at Bushire and Lingah and of the
station at Henjam as part of a satisfactory treaty-
settlement. The alteration now proposed by the Foreign
Office in paragraph 9 of the draft instructions is
merely consequential on the proposal to abandon the
Kenjam Protocol. We see no objection to the draft
instructions on this point and have assumed that the
Government/

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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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