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Coll 20/3 'Muscat: Relations with H. M. G.; Commercial Treaty: Renewal' [‎201r] (407/491)

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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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vms glv.„ la your l.« er Ko . 2.78^123/91 of the 37 th
mruary). 31r Samuel Hoare is ln geaeral egreeatiBt wUh
the Government of Indie and would propose that that Artiol
3 ' l0ulu B0dlfU4 80 as t0 His Highness the Sultan to
levy a duty not exceeding 10 ^ on ell goods and merchandise
imported In other than French. American and Dutch bottoms.
with the exception of alcoholic liquor and tobacco on *hioh
the maximum duty would be 28;*.
3. Hie question of xhe drafting of the Art^e as
proposed to be UMttded is a tetter for aonsiaeration.
Possibly iu would be suffioient to express it so as to
9*tmlu tue Sultan to levy the new duties exeept as otherwise
^^9SL a lZ<LJ)I.. •^clgtin ^ treaties between himaelf and third
to msJ:e the same or a sliulXar qualifieation
apply to the last words of the first paragraph of the
Article viz. ^and no hi^er import duty shall be claimed
■ '■ J: J D -'-l " subjects than that which is paid by subjects or
citizens of the most favoured nation*, as it would seem
arguable tiu;t these words as they stand would be rendered
inappropriate by the differentiation that would exist in
the Treaty position (albeit that it would apply only to
bottoms); as regards the last point, however, in view of
undertaking obtained from the Sul tail that he will be
guided by the views of the British Sovernmerit in important
matters, the risk of any loss of most favoured nation
treatment as against the nationals of nations other than
France, the United States of America and the Metherlands, is
actually so amll that it might be safe to omit the
words at the end of the first paragraph, if necessary.
Sir Samuel Koare woulu be grateful for any aavic©
as to the appropriate drafting to tive effect to the
proposed amendment of the Article.

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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)

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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