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Miscellaneous correspondence, reports, maps and other papers concerning the Middle East [‎51r] (102/220)

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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reservation in favour of the rectification of the Aden frontiers).
On the other hand:-
(c) The "Projet" expressly distinguishes the Hejaz from
the rest of the Peninsula, and lays down that "no Power shall
exercise or even interfere in any way with the internal
administration"; and
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(d) It provides that, "as far as concerns Zone A, the
French Government shall alone he qualified to treat with the
King of the Hejaz on all questions concerning Arab sovereignty,
without the intervention of any third Power".
This i6 far less favourable to us than the article in the
1916 Agreement providing that "the negotiations with the Arabs
as to the boundaries of the Arab State or Confederation of
Arab States shall be continued through the same channel as here
tofore on behalf of the two Powers".
Apart from these drawbacks, it has also to be remembered
that the "Projet" is not a binding document.
5. In the Joint Declaration, however, the French have very
or
materially limited t e rights acceded to them in Syria under
the Agreement of 1916. Under that Agreement, Syria was divided
between the Blue Area and Area A, and in the Blue Area France
was to be allowed to establish such direct or indirect adminis-
ov
tration a**d control as she desired and as she might think fit
to arrange with the Arab State or Confederation of States; and
in Area A, though there was to be an independent Arab State or
Confederation, France was to have priority of right of enter
prise and local loans, and was alone to supply advisers or
foreign functionaries at the request of the Arab State.

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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)
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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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English and French in Latin script
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