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Coll 20/3 'Muscat: Relations with H. M. G.; Commercial Treaty: Renewal' [‎43r] (90/491)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (241 folios). It was created in 21 Mar 1931-15 May 1938. It was written in English. 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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7140/1937
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From Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , Bushire.
To The Secretary to the Government of India,
External Affairs Department, Simla.
Repeated H.M’b Secretary of State for India, London,
No.676-S Dated the 7th October 1937.
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. Express Letter No.P.L.5475/37
dated tne 1st September 1937. proposed surrender of
British commercial rights in Morocco.
a. If other considerations do not stand in way
(see Foreign telegram to 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. No.554 dated the 1st
March 1937), advantages of setting French demands in Morocco
against claim by us for abrogation of French commercial
rights under Muscat Treaty of 1844 would, I appreciate, be as
follows: -
(i) Sultan has previously expressed resentment
against restrictions on his tariff, and idea
of unilateral denunciation of United States
treaty has been before his mind (paragraph
5 of Sir H.Biscoe's letter N0.215-S dated
the 7th April 1933). Alternative procedure
of alteration by negotiation then commended
itself to His Majesty’s Government, and no
doubt still holds the field. Action
suggested in case of France appears to offer
good prospect of success and, if, as seems
probable, Sultan now evinces same desire as
previously to free himself from tariff
restrictions/

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The volume contains letters, telegrams, minutes and draft correspondence relating to the renewal of the Anglo-Muscat Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation of 1891. The bulk of the papers consists of correspondence connected to the annual renewal of the treaty for the years 1931-38 and the forwarding of copies of the renewal agreement to various offices of the British Government.

The volume also covers the insertion of a clause in the agreement to allow for the Union of South Africa, a British Dominion, to withdraw from the treaty.

From April 1937 much of the correspondence concerns the Sultan's wish to revise the 1891 treaty and the subsequent negotiations. No conclusion of these negotiations is covered by the volume.

The main correspondents are the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Muscat, Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , Government of India (Foreign Department), 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. , and Foreign Office. Further correspondence is from the Dominions Office, Colonial Office, and the Sultan of Muscat, Said bin Taimur [Sa‘īd ibn Taymūr Āl Bū Sa‘īd].

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1 volume (241 folios)
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The volume is arranged chronologically from the back to the front.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 243; 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.

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