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'File 10/10 II Bahrain Additional Area' [‎20r] (39/104)

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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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THr BAHRSIi PETHOLEUM COMPANY LIMITED
167/169 Great Portland Street,
London, *.1.
5th March, 1948,
Dear Mr. Harrison,
Concerning the proposed boundary line ru ning north-east
to south-west t as shewn on the Map you handed to me on the 18th
December last, I a^ to say that my Company is unable to agree to it
My Company regrets having to take up any attitude vhich
may be regarded as at variance with that of H.M* Government, and
trusts that the following exposition of the situation as a whole
will convince H*M•Government and the Government of Bahrain that
its attitude is not only fully Justified but that its true
interests and claims have not been fully considered.
For a proper appreciation of the Bahrain situation it is,
of course, to be borne in miol that territorially we are dealing
with an Achipelago in a Gulf within 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. , the
inhabitants of which (the Bahrainis) have carved out an existence
as Islanders would do, within and withfrut the waters of both Gulfs.
A careful study of this proposal, in the light of my
Company's knowledge of the locality likely to be affected by it,
convinces my Company that any such proposal must be one of expediency
but why that should be so and why the area for long regarded by the
Company and, indeed, by the Sheikh of Bahrein, as the minimum
extent of the Sheikhdom of Bahrein and known to your Office as
that within the "Belgrave Line" should be so reduced, are questions
to which the Company can find no answer* Also, why should some of
these Islands, Islets, Shoals and Shallows which liave be?n made use
of by these Islanders, the Subjects of the Sheikhs of Bahrain, and
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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)
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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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