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Coll 30/33 'Persian Gulf, Trucial Coast. Policy of H.M.G. List of Trucial Sheikhs' [‎118r] (235/818)

The record is made up of 1 file (407 folios). It was created in 27 May 1929-8 Aug 1939. 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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Empire depended to a large extent on the life of one man - ning
Ihn Baud? Were the Sub-Committee satisfied that, in these
circumstances, it was desirable that His Majesty’s Government
should hind themselves to a particular frontier in these
areas despite the uncertainty of the future?
SIR A. RYA'rT explained that the settlement of the frontier
was now an urgent matter for two main reasons. In the first
place, as regards the northern end of the frontier, the question
of oil new made an early settlement imperative, since disputes
Pad arisen over the areas of certain imporuanc. oil concesoions.
Secondly, the action which His Majesty’s Government had been
obliged to take in defining their interpretation of the frontier
had created in Ibn Saud a genuine sense of injury which was
poisoning- the relations between His Majesty’s Government and
Saudi Arabia. Sir A, Ryan was anxious to see this source of
friction removed since at present it was rendering & ng±o—Sauua.
relations extremely difficult, and furnishing a ready handle uo
all those who wished to exploit Ibn Saud’s feeling of resentment
to the disadvantage of His Majesty’s Government.
MR. RENDER further developed Sir A. Ryan’s points. In the
first -olace, the oil question was one oi increasing urgency,
since King Ibn Saud had now openly challenged the situation
created by the grant by the Sheikh of Qatar of an oil concession
over his territory to the Anglo—Iranian Oil Company. Ion Saud
had protested strongly against this concession, and had even
threatened to take steps to prevent its exploitation. luruher,
there was reason to believe tnat t he rjneric&n oil interests who
had obtained a concession from Ibn Saud would, be quite ready to
extend their operations over the disputed area, thus confronting
His Majesty's Government with a most embarrassing f a at a c c cm pip.
Again, various interests were actively seeking to obtain an oil
concession (or at least a prospecting licence) from the Sheikh cx
Abu Dhabi, which would lead to further difficulties if no
boundary existed.

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This file contains correspondence between British officials regarding British Government policy on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. . Specifically, this includes discussions concerning the possibility of appointing an Assistant 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. to the region, incorporating it into civil air routes and whether or not Britain should take more formal control of the area. The correspondence is primarily between officials at the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in Bushire, the External Affairs Department of the Government of India, 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 Air Ministry and the Foreign Office.

In addition to correspondence, the file also contains the following:

The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the front of the correspondence.

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1 file (407 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 409; these numbers are written in pencil 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-382; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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Coll 30/33 'Persian Gulf, Trucial Coast. Policy of H.M.G. List of Trucial Sheikhs' [‎118r] (235/818), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3747, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2019]

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