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Coll 28/45 ‘Persia. Anglo-Persian Treaty negotiations; abrogation of existing treaties.’ [‎3r] (5/154)

The record is made up of 1 file (75 folios). It was created in 30 Mar 1932-25 Jan 1934. 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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P. 71 gives the draft exchange of notes prepared by the Legation.
P. 81 (Ferougtii).
“La redaction de cet article .... etant acceptable, je vous prie de vouloir
bien m'envoyer ie projet de note, relative a cet article, comme il a et6 convenu
entre nous. 1 ' \
P. 130 (from Foreign Office). j
“ It is not clear to what extent you h^ve been successful in impressing on the
Persian Government that His Majesty’s/Government are not prepared to agree
to any part of proposed general settlement being embodied in secret unpublished
notes While discussing with the Persians these .... notes you should bear
in mind necessity for eventual publication in this country and registration at
Geneva ” !
P. 167 (to Feroughi).
“ Pour ce qui est de 1’echange de notes relativement a cet article, je me
permets de vous faire parvenir cl-joint un texte, base sur nos pourparlers les
plus recents a ce sujet, qui vient d’etre approuve par mon Gouvernement. . . .“
P. 172 (from Feroughi).
“ Quant a la question des diverses notes supplementaires et Fopposition du
Gouvernement britannique a I’idee d’une entente secrete, qui sont incompatibles
avec Fesprit de la Societe des Nations, je m’empresse de rassurer votre Excellence
que la Perse, etant membre de la Sbciete des Nations, egalement, et animee de son
esprit, n’a aucune intention de cotitracter des ententes secretes. Toutes les notes
supplementaires feront corps au traite et seront communiques a Geneve. En
consequence et logiquement, la redaction de Farticle l er du traite et les deux notes
y relatives .... doivent etre considerees comme agreees par votre Governement. ’ ’
But in the same letter, several paragraphs on, he says :—
“ Quant aux notes relatives a Farticle 3, la redaction proposee par la lettre
du n’est pas, a mon profund regret, acceptable. Mon Gouvernement prie
le Gouvernement britannique ,de se contenter de la dispense de ses vaisseaux de
guerre du permis d’entree seplement dans le cas de Fentree desdits vaisseaux a
Abadan, dans le but d’approvisionnement en combustible, et dans les autres ports
du Golfe, par suite d’avarie! Dans ces cas Fautorisation des autorites locales,
prevenus par un preavis, sefa suffisante “
P. 196: Feroughi develops his reasons for this attitude, viz., Persian
amour-'propre, fear of Russian encroachments, &c.
P. 220 (from Sir R. Clive).
“ I then mentioned visits of warships to Persian ports, and said you had
been very surprised to learn that his Highness appeared to have gone back on the
proposal which had in principle been more or less agreed to. He said that he
could not accept the draft exchange of notes suggested, but he was prepared to
authorise local Governors to allow the visit of ships duly notified in urgent cases
without reference to Tehran.”
Article III bis.— Abrogation of Existing Treaty Engagements.
There never has been a definite British draft article on this subject.
Annexed hereto will be found the Persian text put forward in August 1930,
together with Feroughi’s covering observations. His Majesty’s Government had
contemplated an article on the following lines :—
“ From the date of the entry into force of the present treaty, and of
the Treaty of Commerce and Navigation also signed this day, between the
High Contracting Parties, the following treaties, conventions and agree
ments between the two High Contracting Parties shall cease to be binding :—
2. Here was to follow mention of the Peace Treaty of 1857. the Slavery
'Convention of 1882, the Commercial Convention of 1903, and the further

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The correspondence concerns the drafting of an article for a general treaty between Great Britain and Persia [Iran] that would outline the abrogation of treaties, conventions and agreements concluded between the two nations before 1928. The file’s principal correspondents are: HM’s Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in Tehran, Reginald Hervey Hoare; George William Rendel of the Foreign Office; John Gilbert Laithwaite of 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. . The file includes several French texts which include drafts of the treaty article being discussed, and copies of correspondence from the Persian Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (75 folios)

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 front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 77; these numbers are written in pencil 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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