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'File 10/10 II Bahrain Additional Area' [‎21r] (41/104)

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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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regarded as coming within t ; e 3ahrela Archipelago, be treated
as enclaves or quasi -enclaves, l.e # as territories wholly or
partially surrounded by foreign doalolons? This t ppears to be
the CBse of the Jiatar Group of Isl ^s etc. and of Dlbal and Jaradeh
to the iforth of that Group: by no systea of reasoning c i the
Company rcKionclle the proposal of H. I. Government «lth the rights
and Interests both of this Sheikhdom (which the ^onapatTy has so
sincerely at heart and which It has lone so auch to protect and
Improve) and which the Company Is so desirous of furthering, and of
the Compan, Itself. In fact, the proposed boundary line would
hea in t e Archipelago from the waters of 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. to an
extent contrary to established Custom and necessity,
Furtheraore, by proposing tc divide the Sitr* Channel by
a line running from the open sea to the Horth Sitra light is to do
at least four things adversely affecting the Interests of this
Company, 'iaoel/i-
(1) To hand to a neighbouring Sheikh a right over and under
a channel peculiar to the Bahrein Island itself and
therefore to the Company and to which that Sheikh could
otherwise have nc pcs«ible claim;
(2) To introduce t>e possibility of serious interference with
the Company's exclusive rights in regard to the production,
refining, etc, of petroleum and its products within the
Sheikhdom of Bahrein;
(3) To create a cause for provocation to the ahreln Islanders
which would lead to disturbances inimical tc the Interests
of the Company; and
(4) To pave the way for rights in third parties granted by a
Sheikh either hostile or oblivious to the Interests of t>e
Sheikh of Bahrein and therefore those claimed by the Company,
which must hinder or prevent the Co-span^s operations and
bring it into direct conflict with third parties: the
Company could not possibly be asked to be put into such a
position so directly at variance witr the general ter^s of
the Concessions it holds from the Sheikh of Bahrein.
This britlsh Compmny is desirous of reaping the reward of
its pioneer effort in the Bahrain Archlpellgo, aa effort which has

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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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