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Coll 28/99 ‘Persia. Anglo-Persian Relations. Treaty negotiations, 1937– (Perso-Baluch Frontier Demarcation)’ [‎124r] (247/275)

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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Minute Paper.
Department.
One further point arises in this connection,
though not perhaps, at this immediate juncture. The
only^outstanding* cause of friction with the Persians
A a
is the treatment by them of British (mostly Indian)
subjects and British Consuls in East Iran. A note on
this subject (which was prepared for the conversations
which took place at Delhi with the Persian Foreign
flagged ’A’ below
It would appear that there has been some improvement
in this respect since that date. For instance, the
Legation has .been able to secure compensation for the
Authorities during civil disturbances^
Persian
Moreover, in his Despatch ofat flag ’B’, Mr
Butler reported that the general attitude oi the
Persian Authorities at Tehran to matters of this kind
had somewhat improved. The subject, however, is one
that should perhaps be borne in mind if there is any
question of an Anglo-Persian treaty of friendship,
and it might be pointed out at some appropriate s^age
to the Persians that such a treaty could hardly be made
unless H.M.G. were satisfied that the treatment of
their nationals in East Persia is in point of fact
going to be friendly.
It is, however, a matter which would need careful
consideration in consultation with the Government of
India and H.M. Minister, Tehran, and it is unnecessary
to go further into it at this stage, though it is
proposed to put the point to the Foreign Ofiice. A
draft d.o. letter to Mr. Baggallay at the Foreign
Office is accordingly submitted.
531UB 5000 10/36

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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)’ [‎124r] (247/275), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3510, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100060753428.0x000032> [accessed 7 December 2019]

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