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Coll 30/58 'Persian Gulf. Anglo-Persian Relations. Persian insult to British flag at Basidu' [‎17r] (38/1186)

The record is made up of 1 file (589 folios). It was created in 3 Aug 1933-31 Jan 1934. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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too Miia and Mfould orcourage ^erfiiainfi to make
more trouble in future.
^ublic enjoyed visit of flotilla, but local
opinion still conoidera 5 er»ian expreBBion of regret north-
leao without definite action by Hie Majesty 1 # Government.
I2ISM1* Circular followed quickly by newn of arrival
of destroyer flotilla had beat poasible effect , only regret
being that offending party vmn not made to rehoist British
flag. Visit of Tlotilla September 30th vas entirely
successful and is regarded as proof that His Majesty’s
Government intend to preserve their rights in Gulf and to
support their Arab friends against Persian aggression.
But Kuwait sees no practical effect from her appeals to
His Majesty's Government and feels that Protecting Power
should have done more to implement promises in respect of
Blockade and other problems. Kuwait therefore now hopes
that similar strength will be shown in cases of Ga’udi
Arabia and ’Iraq.
TBTTCIAL COASn Circular followed immediately by
arrival of Blot ilia and ^rueial Coast Cruise stilled wild
rumours and restored confidence. Pronouncement at Bibai
Barbar seemed to be well received. I have not had
opportunity of ganging later situation, as X left at once
after the Barhar* but an indication is perhaps afforded
by the fact that Ghnikh of ^ihni has accepted petrol dhow A term adopted by British officials to refer to local sailing vessels in the western Indian Ocean.
on reasonable terms.
GTflfHBAL C^H OhWWW . Confidence has returned with
sifiht of not ilia and use of armed party at Baeidu and
will remain just so long as we show ourselves determined.

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This file contains correspondence between British diplomatic and naval officials concerning an incident on 31 July 1933 when four Persian naval officers landed at Basidu (a naval station on Qishm island used by Britain) and took down the British flag in the presence of witnesses including an Italian and a Frenchman. Subsequently, a Royal Navy vessel arrived at the station and the British flag was re-hoisted.

The correspondence discusses the details of the incident itself, its aftermath and its impact on Britain's relations with the Government of Iran. It also covers what steps were taken to 'restore British prestige in the eyes of the Gulf Arabs', including details regarding the dispatch of a royal navy flotilla to the region.

In addition to correspondence, the file also contains the following:

  • Relevant press cuttings regarding the incident and Britain's response (folios 78, 169, 311 and 364)
  • Copy of a circular clarifying the sequence of events in Basidu that was issued by the British authorities in the Gulf (folio 11)
  • 'Copy of a note dated the 14th August 1933, from the Head Clerk, H.B.M.'s Consulate, Bandar Abbas, regarding a conversation which recently took place between the Governor of Bandar Abbas and the Consulate Mirza' (folio 255)
  • 'Basidu Incident' a summary of events written by J V Creagh, Senior Naval Officer in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. (folios 329-331)
  • 'Extract from Cabinet Conclusions dated 5th September 1933 - Relations with Persia, Basidu Incident' (folios 370-376)
  • 'Legal Status of Basidu' (folios 398-399)
  • 'Cabinet: Relations with Persia - Basidu Incident. Memorandum by the First Lord of the Admiralty' (folios 413-415)
  • Cabinet Memorandum regarding Basidu Incident (folios 416-417)
  • 'Foreign Office Memorandum for submission to the Cabinet on the subject of the Flag Incident at Basidu' (folios 435-440)
  • A small sketch map marking the boundaries of 'British Basidu' (folio 536).

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 (589 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 inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 591; 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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