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'Historical Summary of Events in the Persian Gulf Shaikhdoms and the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman, 1928-1953' [‎23v] (51/222)

The record is made up of 1 volume (107 folios). It was created in c 1953. 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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^ offthe last war when the Bahrain
Force and the aviation fuel, at any ra SUDD iied by the Anglo -Iranian Oil
Petroleum Company ceased t0 , tim P e broached locally in Bahrain,
Company. The Anglo -Iranian Oil Company raised with
remained as it was until ISoz when in & t n
remained as it was until 1952 wnen me ffi j f, reC ognised as
Her Majesty's Government the ^ft.on of their bemg^olT ta S kage(l!l)
Government Agents at Bahrain and au : us alternative proposals were
There was much further discussion an Ma jesty's Government or the
considered including suggestions ^at e ther J d j it to the An gi 0 .
srs'ss^ns sr.tss'.'fid „« d.^ b ,
67, In 1946 ihe construction off Sitcah Island of ^ "
miles long terminating in a 0 f freight consigned to the
cLpany ^Freight for Ae general public is unloaded into lighters from ships lying
g iltvTbTeSted andjus
freighters visiting Sitrah are ordinarily not allowed to land. The company have
from time to time had under consideration a project for btulding some kind of
club or institute for them but nothing has yet been done. The Kuler wilt not
permit them to visit the towns. ,
68. The royalty payable under the 1934 Mining Lease was subject to
revision after 15 years' payment and the matter was taken up by the Ruler early
in 1949 Much haggling ensued in which the political authorities refused
narticipate ( 128 ) Eventually the Ruler insisted that the rate should be raised to
Rs.10/ - and the company after three or four months of further argument gave way
and agreed to pay the rate proposed with effect from January U •: „ ,
matter was settled by correspondence and there was no formal modification of the
1934Lease. ^ .
69 In 1951 in view of the trouble between the Persian Government and the
Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, the conclusion of the fifty-fifty profit-sharing
agreement between the Saudi Arabian Government and the Arabian American
Oil Company and negotiations for a similar agreement which were in progress at
Kuwait, the company decided to offer further payments to the Shaikh. They
originally proposed to offer a fee on oil imported from Saudi Arabia, a matter
which had previously been raised by the Ruler but not pressed, and a royalty on
the natural gas used in refining imported oil,( i;50 ) but subsequently changed their
minds and on June 28 wrote to him referring to the large revenues other Middle
East Governments were receiving from oil and the fact that he received no income
from imported oil and stating their intention of voluntarily paying him an additional
Rs. 500,000 a month with effect from June 1, 195U 131 ) The Ruler replied briefly
thanking them. On July 21 they wrote him another letter saying that the new
payments would continue until a " comprehensive overall plan " was determined
upon and assuring him that under any such plan he would not receive less than he
was receiving on the basis of their letter of June L( 132 )
70. At the beginning of 1952 the company decided that in view of the
negotiations for fifty-fifty profit-sharing agreements which had been completed
or were in progress in neighbouring countries, they must enter into some similar
arrangement with the Ruler. Negotiations went on throughout the year, delay
being caused by the Ruler's insistence to begin with on payments which would give
him an income for oil comparable to that received by the Ruler of Qatar, and by
haggling between the Ruler and the company over the payment to be made on
imported oil. A supplemental Agreement i;33 ) was eventually signed on December 8.
Its main provisions were (a) the payment of a fee of 2id. per barrel on all foreign
( 126 ) M.C.A. to F.O. No. SG 284/258/032/O.R. 3 of July 16, 1952 (GA 60/16 of 1952).
( 127 ) F.O. to M.C.A. GA 60/46 of December 29, 1953.
( 128 ) P.R. to F.O. 28/4/50 of February 9, 1950 (EA 1534/9 of 1950).
( 129 ) P.R. to F.O. 28/25/50 of April 21, 1950 (EA 1534/24 of 1950).
( 130 ) Tel. from P.R. to F.O. 157 of May 29, 1951 (EA 1532/15).
( 131 ) No. 2(g) I, O.A.C.
( 132 ) P.R. to F.O. 15319/15 of July 26, 1951 (EA 1532/24 of 1951).
f 133 ) No. 4 1, O.A.C.

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The document provides historical information on the region during the period in question and, following a section on general matters, has separate sections on Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the Trucial States, and Muscat

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1 volume (107 folios)

There is a table of contents at the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at 1 on the front cover and terminates at 109 on the back cover. These numbers are written in pencil, are enclosed in a circle, and appear in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio. The foliation sequence continues into the separate volume of appendices and genealogical tables - IOR/R/15/1/731(2).

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'Historical Summary of Events in the Persian Gulf Shaikhdoms and the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman, 1928-1953' [‎23v] (51/222), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/731(1), in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 24 October 2019]

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