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Correspondence between UK General Post Office and Iraq Post Office
By Air Mail
The Director General of Posts and Telegraphs
Letter sent: 25 June 1923
Signed: M. Francis
Registered Number: 157326/23
Their Reference S21/22
With reference to your letter of the 16th ultimo, i am directed to inform you that the Postmaster General was much interested to receive details of the proposed weekly motor transport Mail Service between Baghdad and Haifa. In view of the material acceleration which is expected, he would be glad to make as full use as possible of the route for the Mails from the United Kingdom.
The proposed charge of 3 rupees per lb. on the gross weight of the Mails send by the new service raises however points of difficulty not merely on financial grounds but on a question of principle.
As Iraq has not yet entered the Postal
Union, it is perhaps at liberty to make a special charge for the
conveyance by the desert route of Mails from other countries and to
impose an additional rate on letters posted in Iraq for transmission by
this route. But under Art. 19 of the Postal Union Convention the British
Post Office is bound in its relations
It should perhaps be pointed out that the rate of 3 rupees a lb. equal to about 11 francs (gold) a kilogramme, will be in addition to transit rates to Palestine and Syria and possible Transjordania, so that the additional cost to any other country using the new route will be considerable. In this connexion the Postmaster General will be glad to be informed ????? through what territories the route will pass.
The Postmaster General would prefer and arrangement which would permit of the of the use of the new route for transmission of the whole of the Mails.
He will be glad therefore if the matter can be further considered, and he will also be obliged if early notification can be given to him of the date when the service will begin.
I am, etc...