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'File 10/10 II Bahrain Additional Area' [‎22r] (43/104)

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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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not only opened up a wide horizon of tremendous Importance in and
to the petroleum world (and In which this Cofapany naturally and
flarly stakes its claim) but one also of the greatest Importance
to the United Kingdom and the Government of Bahrein.
When put to the Company, it was understood that the
proposed line was of a political character only, having nothing to
d# with subsoil rights etc. and accordingly the Company did not
recognise that It was particularly concerned and was inclined to
stand aside because of its policy of steering clear of all politics.
However, as the line is now known to be territorial in character and
therefore directly affecting the vital interests of the Company,
it Is very much concerned and views with apprehension a sectional
boundary which (apart fro^i anything else) seems to have been drawn
without regard to the netroleum potentialities of the adjoining
Islets, shoals f shallows and waters generally y particularly those
within the w Belgrave Line", a boundary hitherto re arded as a feasil
minimum line of demarcation of the extent of the ghelkhdos of Bahrein.^
In this connection my Company believes, although It has not by any
means concluded its exploratory work to the eastward and Southward
of Bahrein, that such a line as has been suggested by R.M.Government
might well adversely affect the best Interests of the Company and
of the Sheikhdom of Bahrein to a very grave extent.
Here may I respectfully venture a suggestion:- Why should
not H*M.Clovernment take rny Company into its confidence by seeking
its views and expert advice on the petroleum resources of these
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surrounding waters and the best method of dealing with them? I
say this for the reason that not only has this britlsh Company the
best Interests of Bahrain at heart but its knowledge of the petroleum
resources and possibilities of the surrounding territory is

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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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'File 10/10 II Bahrain Additional Area' [‎22r] (43/104), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/431, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 16 November 2019]

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