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Coll 28/99 ‘Persia. Anglo-Persian Relations. Treaty negotiations, 1937– (Perso-Baluch Frontier Demarcation)’ [‎112r] (223/275)

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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political Department.
Please see P.Z. 1102/37. CKh
Besides suggesting a new "Treaty oi friendship”,
the Persian Under Secretary for foreign Affairs in his
conversation with Mr.Seymour on February 4th (P.Z.926/37)
suggested the possibility of a Consular Convention.
Mr.Seymour asked for instructions and we now have
the Foreign Office’s draft reply (I am sorry to have
delayed the file).
The drafts seem satisfactory. Article 9 of une
1857 Treaty prescribes most favoured nation treatment in
regard to the establishment and recognition 0 - consuls.
If a new Treaty of Friendship is concluded it will
supersede the 1857 Treaty. In that case some provision
will have to be incorporated to replace Article 9, quite
apart from any Persian desire for a Consular Convention.
In these circumstances it seems reasonable that an
article on the lines suggested by the Foreign Office
should be put forward. It appears to be a "common form"
article, and it provides for reciprocity in regard to the
grant of official rights, privileges, exemptions, etc., on
which the Government of India are always disposed to
insist (e.g. in such matters as flying flags and customs
exemptions).
It may, however, be desirable to let the Government
of India have the opportunity of making observations
before H.M.Minister takes action.
A. draft d.o. letter to the Foreign Office is
submitt ed.

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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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Coll 28/99 ‘Persia. Anglo-Persian Relations. Treaty negotiations, 1937– (Perso-Baluch Frontier Demarcation)’ [‎112r] (223/275), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3510, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100060753428.0x00001a> [accessed 13 November 2019]

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