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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎165r] (339/535)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (260 folios). It was created in 10 May 1915-9 Jul 1920. 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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[This Document is the Property of His Britannic Majesty s Government.]
No. 1.
[March 16.]
Section 1 .
1 292
Mr. Marling to Sir Edward Grey.—(Received March 16.)
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^? 0 ' 19 - ) Tehran, February IV, 1916:
WITH reference to my telegram No. 107 of to-day’s date, I have the honour to
transmit herewith a translation of the text of the agreement made with the Bakhtian
khans. T . „
1 have, &c.
Enclosure in No. 1.
Agreement with Bahhtian Khans.
THIS agreement between the British Legation, signed by his Excellency
Mr. Charles Murray Marling, His Britannic Majesty’s Minister Plenipotentiary and
Envoy Extraordinary at the Court of His Imperial Majesty the Shah on the one hand,
and the Bakhtiari khans, signed by their Excellencies Samsam-us-Sultaneh Sardar
Assad, Sardar Muhtashim, Sardar Jang, Amir Mujahid, Sardar Bahadur and Shahab-
us-Sultaneh, on the other hand, has been drawn up and signed this day, 11th Robbi-us-
Sani Tushkanil 1334 a.h (equivalent to the 15th February, a.d. 1916) :
Article 1. The Bakhtiari khans undertake to maintain security within and on the
borders of Bakbtiari territory, and to afford full protection to the oil company
Art. 2. The Bakhtiari khans undertake not to encroach upon districts adjacent to
their present southern frontiers except by order of the Persian Government, and m
particular not to interfere in any way in the district of Lirawi. . , ,,
Art 3 The Bakhtiari khans undertake to maintain friendly relations with the
Sheikh of Mohammerah. From this date onward refugees from his jurisdiction will not
be supported or given asylum by the Bakhtian khans, and likewise the Sheikh of
Mohammerah from this date onward will not admit or give refuge to any ot the
Bakhtiari tribe or subjects. * . . j i- ±. u ‘
Art. 4. The Bakhtiari khans undertake to discourage agitation and disturbance in
Bakhtiari territory and governorships. . , , , r , ,
Art. 5. The Bakhtiari khans undertake, so long as amity exists between Great
Britain and Persia, not to take up arms against Great Britain or her Allies, or to furnish
supplies or transport to parties, whether Persian subjects or the subjects of any f g
Powers, actually or prospectively hostile to the Allies. j j . r> .i-,„ i.i,.,ns
Art 6. In the event of the area of hostilities being extended to Persia, the kha
undertake to prevent-as far as lies within their power—any member of the tribe from
takin anv part in the war against us. The khans undertake to continue during such
war to maintain order in their country, and more particularly on that portion of the
Ahwaz-Ispahan caravan road situated within their territory or under their control, and
to protect British lives, property, and interests both there and w erever e se ey J
hold authority. Should any khan who has signed this agreement fail to iulhl its
stipulations, hfs share in the oil company will be forfeited to the Bntish Governmen^
anil His Majesty’s Government will have every right to take such further measures as
th^ ArtUky’^eylmuld the^PCTsian^Govermnent conclude a treaty of alliance-whether
offensive or defensive, or both-with Great Britain or with °of
more of her Allies, the Bakhtiari khans undertake to fall “ 'y. a f e J P a " d to
such an alliance to place all their forces at the disposal of the Allies of Fersia anti to
assist as f “they can. Anv arrangement which may be necessary for the fulfilment
^obligations^ the part of the khans will form the subject of a septate agree-
ment Should the Persian Government require to send Bakhtiari sowars on c
expedition far from the Bakhtiari country, the khans will assemble and send off as many
as possible.
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The file contains papers, mainly correspondence and 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. minute papers, mostly relating to the situation in the Bakhtiari [Baḵtīārī] territory in Persia [Iran], during the First World War. It includes papers concerning British negotiations with the Bakhtiari khans, and the agreement of February 1917 signed by Charles Murray Marling, HM Minister to Iran, and the principal Bakhtiari khans.

The file also includes papers which relate to relations between the Bakhtiaris and the Russians in Persia, and the payment of £2,500 made to the Bakhtiari khans in December 1915 by Dr Young of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, in connection with the agreement concluded by Young with the Bakhtiari Sardars.

The main correspondents include: 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 Foreign Office; the Chief Political Officer, Basra (Sir Percy Zachariah Cox); the Government of India Foreign and Political Department; HM Minister, Tehran; HM Consul, Kerman; HM Consul, Sistan and Kain; and the 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. 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. .

The file includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (260 folios)

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

The subject 469 (Persia: Bakhtiari affairs) consists of two volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/652-653. The volumes are divided into two parts, with each part comprising one 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 260; 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.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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