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Coll 28/45 ‘Persia. Anglo-Persian Treaty negotiations; abrogation of existing treaties.’ [‎8r] (15/154)

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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claim to Bahrein which we are anxious to secure in the
Treaty, for sweetening the pill if we can. Further, if
Article I and the Notes appended thereto are, as we
understand, sufficient to establish beyond question the
recognition by Persia of the independence etc. of the
other Arab sheikhdoms on the Persian Coast, it is arguable
that that ought to be adequate in the case of Bahrein.
On the other hana, as you point out, the abandonment of
Article VII would mean that we should lose the provision
regarding most favoured nation treatment, which, having
regard to the ill-treatment of Bahreinis in Persia in
recent years, it may be of considerable importance to
retain. Moreover, it seems on the whole desirable, since
so much has been made of the Persian claim to Bahrein, to
have it expressly and specifically disposed of in a
separate article of the treaty. Accordingly after
balancing tne considerations carefully we should prefer
to retain Article VII.
(h) Article VIII . It is, I think, common ground
between us that it would be necessary to exempt the
lighthouse staff at Tamb from Persian customs dues, and
visas in the event of tne island being leased to Persia,
and the draft of 30th November covers the point. We
note the views on the question of the lease expressed
in paragraph 9 of your letter of EBthnQctober.
As regards the point in connection with this
Article raised in paragraph 10 of your letter of 28th
October, we attach great importance to establishing
positively Trucial sovereignty over Tamb and Abu Musa
and therefore certainly could not agree to cutting
out this provision in order to save the Persian face.
We also think that it should be retained in the
position it occupies, i.e. in the second sentence of

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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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