Volume #17 - 3.|
CONDUCT OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS
STATUS OF HIGH COMMISSIONERS
LETTERS OF INTRODUCTION
Prime Minister of United Kingdom|
June 30th, 1951|
My dear Prime Minister
Would you refer to your letter of the 14th March about the suggestion that in future High Commissioners exchanged between Members of the Commonwealth other than India should be accredited by a letter from their Prime Minister to the Prime Minister of the country to which they are appointed?
The Prime Minister of Pakistan has not yet formally replied, but the Acting United Kingdom High Commissioner in Karachi has been informed that the Pakistan Government would be happy to provide their own High Commissioner with, and accept from the High Commissioners of other Commonwealth countries, Prime Minister to Prime Minister letters. All the other Prime Ministers have sent favourable replies on the following lines.
In the light of the foregoing replies, I think that we may now all proceed on the assumption that in future High Commissioners, other than those exchanged with India, will be furnished with an appropriate letter from their Prime Minister. For our part we shall now arrange that United Kingdom High Commissioners appointed hence‑forward shall carry such a letter. I agree with the Prime Minister of Ceylon that there need not be uniformity of drafting and hope that this view will find general acceptance.
So far as the form of the letter is concerned, I quite agree that the wording should be different from that used in the Commissions given to the United Kingdom and Indian High Commissioners in New Delhi and London. So long as the general practice is uniform, as it is now agreed that it shall be, the actual form of words can no doubt be left to the Prime Minister concerned.
I have written in similar terms to the Prime Ministers of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Ceylon.
I have also sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Pakistan telling him that the new arrangements have the approval of the other Prime Ministers, and that I hope that he too will find them acceptable.
A copy of this letter has been sent to your High Commissioner in London.
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