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'File 10/10 II Bahrain Additional Area' [‎15r] (29/104)

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The record is made up of 1 file (52 folios). It was created in 31 Dec 1947-9 Nov 1949. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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Mr. Brown, Chief Local Representative, The Bahrain
petroleum Company, and Mr. Witherspoon, Vice—President,
Operations, came to see me this morning. The main subject
discussed was the restriction on the Company's drilling
operations in the Hawar area and the related correspondence
concerning the dividing line limiting the rights in the bed
of the sea lying between Bahrain and Qatar. Mr. Brown gave,
as he had done on another occasion before, Viis point of
view on the correspondence between myself and himself on
this subject. He said that neither he nor his people in
London considered that their comments were called for when
the decision was conveyed by me to him. I said that it did
not strike us to ask for their comments, but that I naturally
expected that he would let us have these in a matter so
closely affecting the Company's interests if he had any to
make. I said further that I had not considered that the
communication of the decision on the dividing line cancelled
the restriction placed by H.M.G. on the Company's drilling
activity. Mr. Brown countered this by stating that we had
informed him (he did not quote a specific letter and ^he
point is not very important) that the restriction was only
to be enforced until h.m.g. gave a decision on the dividing
line, and after that decision had been reached he took it as
cancelling the restriction. He professed to be puzzled as to
why the letter of which I sent p .R. a draft with s.35
( Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. Express Letter No.C/215 dated 18.2.'48) and a previous
demi -official letter to him in the nature of a reminder, asking
him fof the Company^ comments on the delimitation decision,
were demi -official; and said that his people (presumably,
this time he referred to the local staff in charge of opera
tions) thought he was merely acting on a demi-official
arrangement between himself and myself, and that he would,

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The file contains correspondence and telegrams between the Sheikh of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifah, the Sheikh of Qatar, Abdullah Bin Qasim Al Thani, 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. in Bahrain and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO), on the division of the sea-bed between Bahrain and Qatar, notably the Hawar Islands and Deebel and Jaradeh shoals.

There are letters in Arabic and a map of Bahrain (folio 45).

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1 file (52 folios)

The documents in the file are arranged in chronological order.

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The foliation is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. The numbering begins on the front cover of the file, on number 1 and it carries on until 51, which is the last number given on the last page of writing. There is another foliation, incomplete and misplaced: the numbering starts with 4 on the first page of writing (folio 2) and ends with 136 (folio 31); missing folios: 6-23; 25-35; 38-42; 43-44; 49-54; 59-65; 67-74; 82-87; 88-95; 97-129; 133-135.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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