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Coll 17/15(2) 'Relations with Persia: Persia-Iraq frontier; Persia's claim in the Shatt-el-Arab' [‎16r] (42/1010)

The record is made up of 1 volume (502 folios). It was created in 21 Feb 1935-15 Jan 1936. 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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November 18, 1935.
Section 2 .
[E 6786/32/340
Mr. Mallet to Sir Samuel Hoare.—{Received November 18.)
(No. 479.)
Sir, Tehran, November 1, 1935.
WITH reference to your despatch No. 531 of the 15th October last, regarding
the proposed treaty of friendship between Iraq and Iran, I have the honour to
inform you that the Tehran press announces that negotiations will shortly be
resumed at Bagdad by a delegation headed by the Iranian Minister there,
M. Samii, who is expected back from leave in about ten days’ time.
2. Experts are being sent to Bagdad from here to assist M. Samii. The
first of these, M. Fathullah Noury Isfandiary, is well known to your Department,
having been Charge d’Affaires in London. He is now head of the Fourth
Section in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and is well-disposed and pleasant in
manner. The other expert is M. Javad Ameri, head of the department for
drafting laws at the Ministry of Justice.
3. The counsellor of the Iraq Legation, who came to see me this morning,
is mildly optimistic about the mission. He thinks M. Samii more courageous than
M. Kazemi, although he says that unfortunately Nouri Said Pasha does not
like him.
4. The Minister for Foreign Affairs before leaving for Kabul received the
Iraqi Minister and described to him the progress of the negotiations at Geneva.
M. Kazemi said that he was prepared to admit British participation in the
Conservancy Board, but he did not apparently say that Great Britain was to be a
party to the negotiation and signature of the convention.
5. In conversation with the counsellor of the Iraqi Legation,
M. Noury Isfandiary mentioned the thalweg as the Iranian desiderata in the
strip to be transferred opposite Abadan, and Dr. Naji-el-Assil replied that if he
really wanted to succeed in Bagdad he had better not mention the thalweg.
6. I am sending copies of this despatch to His Majesty’s Ambassador at
Bagdad, No. 94.
I have. &c.
[565 s—2]

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This volume is a continuation of Collection 17/5, and contains papers regarding negotiations between Persia [Iran] and Iraq at the League of Nations in 1935, mediated by Italian delegate Baron Pompeo Aloisi. The papers primarily consist of communications regarding the negotiations submitted to the Foreign Office by HM Ambassadors at Rome, Teheran and Baghdad, as well as comments by 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. Political Department, the Admiralty, and representatives of the Governments of Persia, Iraq, and Italy.

The negotiations concerned the frontier line along the Shatt el-Arab, the possibility of granting a Persian anchorage at Abadan [Ābādān], the rights of Persian and British warships to traverse and refuel on the river, and the proposed establishment of a Conservancy Board. Following negotiations in Geneva, Rome and Tehran, the Persian and Iraqi Governments had practically agreed on three instruments: a pact of non-aggression, to be signed by Iraq, Persia and Turkey; a treaty for the peaceful settlement of international disputes between Persia and Iraq; and a treaty of friendship, which would settle the frontier question and establish the Conservancy Board.

In addition to the correspondence, the volume contains: documents circulated by the Council of the League of Nations; Reports on the Sessions of the Council submitted to the Foreign Office by C J Edmonds, Second Adviser to the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs; multiple drafts of the treaty of friendship and non-aggression treaties; and copies of notes exchanged by the Iraqi and Persian Ministers at the League of Nations. A number of these documents are written in French.

The volume includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the volume by year. This is placed at the end of the correspondence (folio 1).

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1 volume (502 folios)

The papers are arranged in rough chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 498; 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. The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the leading and ending flyleaves. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-498; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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