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Coll 28/99 ‘Persia. Anglo-Persian Relations. Treaty negotiations, 1937– (Perso-Baluch Frontier Demarcation)’ [‎29r] (57/275)

The record is made up of 1 file (135 folios). It was created in 9 Feb 1935-17 Oct 1939. 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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(E 5838/461/34)
No. 539/3/38.
BRITISH
TEHRAN.
8th September, 1938.
My dear Lacy,
Your letter of the l?th August, (E 4552/461/34),
deals with two allied questions, the possibility of the
Persians proposing negotiations on Gulf questions, and
the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. .
2. As regards the treaty question. It is iairly
clear that Soheily was the man who was personally anxious
to try to get some new treaty with us. Before he went to
London he spoke to me about it and said that Samiy meant
to raise the matter - which he never did. During my
interviews since my return with the Minister foi foreign
Affairs and Under-Secretary of State, neither ot them has
given any hint of a wish for treaty negotiations. It
seems quite on the cards therefore that, with the
disappearance of Soheily, the subject will be dropped for
a time. The Shatt negotiations will presumably be taken
up in Bagdad quite shortly, and I should think it unlikely
that the Ministry would want to tackle the two questions
at once.
3. If, in spite of all this, the Ministry do say
anything to me about negotiations, I think the best course
would be for me to speak on the following general lines:-
His Majesty’s Government are always anxious to improve
their relations with friendly countries, but they are not
convinced that this object is served by concluding agree
ments which ignore existing difficulties. In the present
case/
Lacy Baggallay, Esq.,
The Foreign Office,
London, S.V/.l*

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Correspondence and other papers concerning the Persian [Iranian] Government’s renewed desire in 1937 to finalise a treaty of friendship between Britain and Iran (also referred to in the file as the Anglo-Persian Consular Convention). The papers, chiefly exchanged between HM Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in Tehran, Horace James Seymour, the Foreign Office, and 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. , cover: outstanding points remaining to be agreed prior to the signing of any treaty, including the withdrawal of Iran’s claims to Bahrain, Tamb [Greater Tunb] and Abu Musa, and the demarcation of the Perso-Baluch frontier, between Iran and British Baluchistan, now part of Pakistan; the British Government and Government of India’s reluctance to commit to a demarcation of the Perso-Baluch frontier, in part because of the financial implications of such a project; the despatch of an Iranian technical commission between February and May 1938 to recommence a survey of the Perso-Baluch frontier that was originally started in 1932; arrangements for the Government of India’s cooperation with the Iranian survey party, with the support of 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. at Chagai; reports on the Iranian survey party’s activity and progress; a confidential entitled ‘Status of the Islands of Tamb, Little Tamb, Abu Musa and Sirri’ written by John Gilbert Laithwaite of 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. , and dated 24 August 1928 (ff 45-48); the return of the Iranian survey party to the frontier in late 1938.

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 (135 folios)
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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 last folio with 137; 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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