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The Consulates

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The rise and fall of the British consulates in Iran provide another illustration of the intertwined relations between Iran and Britain, India and Russia. In the second half of the twentieth century, when the British Government was faced with a conflict between British interests in Iran and British responsibilities and interests in the Trucial States, there were also tensions between the embassy in Tehran and the political residency in Bahrain. The four most important consulates for British/Indian interests were Meshed, Tabriz, Shiraz and Isfahan because these were the most important cities outside Tehran. The closure of the consulates seems to provide the clearest possible illustration of resentment against British interference in Iran over many years and was, of course, a preliminary to the breach of diplomatic relations between Iran and Britain and the closure of the embassy.

Keywords: Bahrain; British consulates; India; Iran; Isfahan; Meshed; Russia; Shiraz; Tabriz; Tehran



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