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Miscellaneous correspondence, reports, maps and other papers concerning the Middle East [‎26r] (52/220)

The record is made up of 1 file (110 folios). It was created in 27 Aug 1893-19 Dec 1918. It was written in English and French. 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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which French interests are recognised as predominant, any existing British concessions,
rights of navigation or development, and the rights and privileges of any British
religions, scholastic, or medical institutions will be maintained.
His Majesty’s Government are, of course, ready to give a reciprocal assurance in
regard to the British area.
I have, &c.
[92559] No. 4.
M. Gambon to Sir Edward Grey.—(Received May 16.)
Ambassade de France, Londres,
M. le Secretaire d’etat, le lb mai, 1916.
PAR sa communication de ce jour votre Excellence m’a exprime le desir, avant
de repondre a ma lettre en date du 9 de ce mois relative a la creation d’un Etat arabe,
de recevoir I’assurance que dans les regions qui deviendront fraugaises ou dans cedes
oil les interets frangais seraient predominants, les concessions et droits de navigation,
ainsi que les droits et privileges de tons les etablissements religieux, scolaires et
medicaux britanniques, seraient maintenus. II serait entendu, par centre, que les
memes droits seraient recomms a la France par le Gouvernement du Roi dans la
sphere devolue a 1’Angieterre.
J’ai 1’honneur de faire connaitre a votre Excellence que le Gouvernement frangais
est pret a sanction ner les diverses concessions britanniques ayant date certaine
anterieure a la guerre dans les regions qui lui seraient attribuees ou qui releveraient
de son action. Quant aux etablissements medicaux, scolaires ou religieux, ils
continueraient a fonctionner comme par le passe, etant entendu toutefois qu’une
telle reserve ne comporte pas le maintien des droits de juridiction et des capitulations
dans ces territoires.
Veuillez, &c.
[87247] No. 5.
Sir Edward Grey to Sir G. Buchanan.
(No. 1010.)
(Telegraphic.) Foreign Office, May 15, 1916.
YOUR Excellency’s telegram No. 603 of 28th April.
French Embassy have communicated to me text of agreement respecting Syria,
Arabia, Cilicia, &c., concluded between France and Russia, and 1 am on point of
concluding formal agreement with France, on terms with which your Excellency is
already acquainted, respecting Syria and Arabia.
To complete arrangement, it will be necessary for Russian Government and
His Majesty’s Government to conclude a formal agreement on similar lines to that
between France and Russia, and I will submit a draft to Russian Ambassador here as
soon as I learn that Russian Government share this view.
[87247] No. 6.
Sir Edward Grey to M. Gambon.
Your Excellency, Foreign Office, May 16, 1916.
I HAVE the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your Excellency’s note of the
9th instant, stating that the French Government accept the limits of a future Arab
State, or Confederation of States, and of those parts of Syria where French interests
predominate, together with certain conditions attached thereto, such as they result
from recent discussions in London and Petrograd on the subject.
I have the honour to inform your Excellency in reply that the acceptance of the
whole project, as it now stands, will involve the abdication of considerable British
interests, but, since His Majesty’s Government recognise the advantage to the general
cause of the Allies entailed in producing a more favourable internal political situation
in Turkey, they are ready io accept the arrangement now arrived at, provided that the
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The file contains correspondence, memoranda, maps, and other papers relating to Middle Eastern affairs and a few other miscellaneous matters. The majority of the file concerns discussions of and proposals for the post-war settlement of Near Eastern territories, including Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and the Arabian Peninsula. The basis of these discussions was the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916.

Other matters covered by the papers include events in Siam [Thailand] and Burmah [Myanmar] and the colonial rivalry in the region between France and Britain, the Baghdad Railway, and relations with Ibn Saud in Arabia, including a report on the 1917-18 mission to Najd by Harry St John Philby (folios 67-98).

Folios 99-110 are six maps with accompanying notes that show the various proposed territorial settlements and spheres of influence in the Near East and one showing Britain's global colonial possessions.

Memoranda and correspondence comes from officials at the Foreign Office 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. . Other correspondents include French and Italian government officials.

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1 file (110 folios)

The file is arranged in roughly chronological order, from the front to the back.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front of the envelope with 1, and terminates at the inside back last page with 110, 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.

Pagination: the file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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English and French in Latin script
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