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Coll 28/45 ‘Persia. Anglo-Persian Treaty negotiations; abrogation of existing treaties.’ [‎17r] (33/154)

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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their knowledge no such
their assurance that to the best of*
agreement was in existence, this particular agreement had
been overlooked. The general result of this proposal
would be to give no practical satisfaction to tne views of
His Majesty’s Government, and no theoretical satisfaction to
those of the Persian Government. Prom many points of view,
indeed, Mr. Hoare’s proposed exchange of notes would seem
open to greater objections than the original Persian proposal
for a general abrogation clause.
jn view, however, of the strong arguments
advanced by Mr. Hoare in favour of modifying the line ol
action which he has been instructed to pursue with the
Persian Government on this question, the Secretary of State
has reconsidered the original Persian suggestion for a general
abrogation clause. The acceptance of this proposal would
inevitably involve a certain measure of risk, since it is
impossible to state with absolute certainty that there is
no way in which the Persian Government, if they wished at any
time to embarrass His Majesty’s Government, might unexpectedly
use the existence of the general abrogation clause to
justify a demand for the cancellation of some arrangement which
had long been in force. Prolonged discussion ol this
question has, however, failed to bring to light any agreement
not already accounted for at the outset of the negotiations,
other than the 1841 Treaty (in so far as it may be held to
affect the Bushire Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ) and the various agreements
relating to the Persian frontiers. The Secretary of State
is now, on reconsideration of the whole question, inclined
to the opinion that the above-mentioned risk is so small

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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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