Coll 6/67(3) 'Boundaries of South Eastern Arabia and Qatar.' [393r] (792/830)
The record is made up of 1 volume (411 folios). It was created in 7 Feb 1935-20 Dec 1935. It was written in English. 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.
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Aqal (compare l.y ±s ,
a ' v>lllce meinorandum B 430 enclosed in
i 1 “ el ' S l8tter 01 I;::arcl! 15th, 1934). There can ac-
cordi,igj.y he no question ol any concession to Ibn Saud in
this region. You should make this clear to the Saudi
government and explain that you are unable to discuss any
larmier concession hast of Green line north of Banaiyan,
8 ” Sub c “ttee also agreed that, in view of legal
c,nu practical difficulties likely to arise, it will be
nest not to attempt to define Saudi frontier in a purely
negative sense as against a vacuum in the east (e.g, by
J “ ere reco &nition by bis Majesty's Government that s.E.
frontiers of Saudi Arabia are so and so) nor to secure
purely negative renunciation by ibn Saud (even if it
could be obtained) of all rights or claims beyond those
frontiers on lines of article 16 of Treaty of Lausanne,
mey consider best course will be to specify frontier, in
a single comprehensive instrument, as being "between Saudi-
Arabia on the one hand and Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Muscat and
nadii Protectorate on the other", without specifying the
boundaries dividing the four latter territories from each
ooner, and to regard full sovereignty of other states con
cerned as extending- right up to boundary line. Sheikhs of
Qatar and of Abu Dhabi and Aden Protectorate will be repre
sented in negotiations by His Majesty's Government,, Posi
tion as regards pub cat is more difficult and has not yet
oeen fully explored, but for your confidential information
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. would be prepared if necessary,and subject to
consent of Government of India,to endeavour to obtain from
Sultan authority for yourself or other British delegate to
Addressed to Jedda No, 70,
repeated to Government of India No, 55, Bushire No.
o3 and Aden No, 34,
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This volume primarily concerns British policy regarding the south-eastern boundaries of Saudi Arabia, specifically those bordering Qatar, the Trucial Shaikhdoms, Muscat, the Hadramaut and the Aden Protectorate.
It includes interdepartmental discussion regarding the approach that the British Government should take in reaching a settlement with King Ibn Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] over the demarcation of the boundaries.
References are made to various existing and proposed lines, including the 'blue line' and the 'violet line' – boundary lines that formed part of the Anglo-Ottoman Conventions, concluded in 1913 and 1914 respectively, a 'green line' and a 'brown line', which represent more recent territorial concessions proposed by the British to Ibn Saud, and a 'red line', which is referred to as the Saudi Government's claim for its country's south-eastern boundary.
The volume features the following principal correspondents: the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. (Lieutenant-Colonel Trenchard Craven William Fowle); the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Bahrain (Lieutenant-Colonel Percy Gordon Loch); His Majesty's Minister at Jedda (Sir Andrew Ryan); the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Sir Samuel Hoare); the Acting Chief Commissioner, Aden (Lieutenant-Colonel Morice Challoner Lake); officials of the Colonial Office, the Foreign Office, the 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. , the Government of India's Foreign and Political Department.
The correspondence includes discussion of the following:
- The extent of territory that the British should be prepared to include in any concession made to Ibn Saud.
- The abandonment of the idea of a proposed 'desert zone'.
- The future of the Treaty of Jedda of 1927.
- Meetings held at the Foreign Office with Fuad Bey Hamza, Deputy Saudi Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Hafiz Wahba, Saudi Arabian Minister in London, during June and July 1935.
- The eastern boundary of the Aden Protectorate.
- The possibility of the British Government employing Bertram Thomas to carry out enquiries and investigations regarding the question of Saudi Arabia's south-eastern frontiers.
- Wells and territories of the Al Murra [Āl Murrah] tribe.
- Preparations for Sir Andrew Ryan's forthcoming visit to Riyadh for negotiations with Ibn Saud.
- Abu Dhabi's claim to Khor-al-Odeid [Khawr al ‘Udayd].
- Details of a British aerial reconnaissance of the Qatar Peninsula, which took place on 11 October 1935.
In addition to correspondence the volume includes the following: copies of the minutes of meetings of the Committee of Imperial Defence's Standing Ministerial and Official Sub-Committee for Questions Concerning the Middle East, dated 15 April 1935 and 24 September 1935 respectively; photographs of the Qatar Peninsula, taken during the aforementioned aerial reconnaissance; a map showing the route of the aerial reconnaissance.
The volume includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the volume by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence (folio 4).
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 411; 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. The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers.
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