Miscellaneous correspondence, reports, maps and other papers concerning the Middle East [50r] (100/220)
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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M S M 0 HAH D U M
the extent to which the Anglo-ffrench Agreement of 1916 has
been modified by subsequent French Commitments,
1. The Agreement of 1S16 is a bipartite instrument with no
contingent clauses, and nothing has occurred since its con
clusion to make it juridically invalid.
2. The French Government have always maintained, and still
maintain, that it stands, and they would doubtless represent
the subsequent declarations to which they have committed them
selves as being mere interpretations of points which the
original agreement left vague or blank.
3. The only subsequent French Commitments of any impor
(i) The ,f Projet d'Arrangement" regarding the Arabian
Peninsula, drafted by MM. Sykes and Picot at Paris on the 3rd
v October, 1917, but never signed, ratified, or further nego
tiated upon; and
(ii) The Joint Anglo-French Declaration regarding Syria anc
Mesopotamia, published on the 9th November, 1918.
4. The "Projet" of 1917 is more favourable to us than the
Agreement of 19J.6 on the following points:-
(a) It gives us a free hand to suppress the Arms
Traffic, v/hich the Agreement postponed for future discussion;
(b) The French recognise, under it, the "special political
interests" of Great Britain in the Arabian Peninsula, and
"repeat their firm intention not to seek any political influence
in these regions", whereas the 1916 Agreement merely laid
down that neither contracting party nor any other Power should
acquire territorial possessions in the Peninsula (with a
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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.
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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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