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'File 19/163 II (C 77) Nejd-Bahrain Relations' [‎3r] (18/444)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (207 folios). It was created in 3 Mar 1932-30 Dec 1939. 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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EASTERN (Arabia).
[E 2112/266/25] No. 1.
Gonsul-General Biscoe to Colonial Office.—[Communicated to Foreign Office,
April 27.)
(No. 10. Confidential.)
Sir, Bushire, March 31, 1932.
IN paragraph 4 of my despatch No. 2 of the 5th February, 1932, regarding
my visit to King Ibn Sand, I mentioned that among the subjects discussed was
the possibility of some consular status being afforded to Nejdi representatives
in Bahrein and Koweit.
2. I now have the honour to amplify somewhat the brief reference to this
subject therein made. The question was raised by Yusuf Yasin in the course
of one of our lengthy nightly discussions, and he began by asking me whether
it would not be possible to accord some consular status to a Nejdi representative
at Bahrein. I replied by saying that he knew how delicate was the position at
Bahrein vis-a-vis the Persians, who had not yet abandoned their claim ; that
there was a very large Persian colony at Bahrein, and that if we allowed the
Hejaz-Nejd Government to have a consular representative the Persians would
inevitably put forward a similar demand: in fact they had already made a
request to this effect, to which His Majesty's Government had not acceded.
Sheikh Yusuf Yasin admitted the force in this contention and did not press the
matter any further in respect of Bahrein, but went on to ask whether it would
not be possible to give some sort of official status to Nafisi, Ibn Sand's trade
agent at Koweit, since, as far as he was aware, there were no difficulties with
the Persians at that place. I replied that this was not altogether correct: the
Persians did not claim Koweit, but did not recognise it and impounded Koweiti
passports if brought to Persia, &o. It would, in my opinion, be extremely
undesirable to allow the Persians to have a consular representative at Koweit
for reasons which he would doubtless appreciate; but if any consular status
was accorded to Nafisi we could hardly refuse a similar concession to the
Persians, who had a large number of subjects in Koweit. He saw the force of
this argument and did not press the matter further. ^
I am sending a copy of this despatch to His Majesty's Minister at Jeddah
and to the Government of India. A
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H. V. BISCOE, Lieutenant-Colonel,
Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in 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. .
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This file contains correspondence regarding relations between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The topics discussed in the file include the signing of a Treaty of Extradition between the Government of Bahrain and the Government of Hejaz-Nejd, a visit made by Amir Saud to Bahrain, visits made by Ibn Saud to Kuwait and Bahrain and territorial issues between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia related to a number of islands between their coasts. The activities of the Bahrain Petroleum Company and the Californian Arabian Standard Oil Company are also discussed.

Two maps of Bahrain and its vicinity are contained on folio 156b and folio 157b. The maps contain information related to oil deposits and facilities.

A bi-lingual (Arabic and English) copy of the Treaty of Extradition between the Government of Bahrain and the Government of Hejaz-Nejd is contained on folios 6-9.

Extent and format
1 volume (207 folios)

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

An index of topics contained in the file is contained on folio 2a. The index utilises the uncircled foliation system.

Physical characteristics

A bound correspondence volume. The main foliation sequence commences at the titlepage and terminates at the 5th sheet from the back of the volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and can be found in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

A second foliation sequence runs between f 3 and f 193; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

A set of index numbers corresponding with the index at the back run through the volume; these numbers are written in red crayon and are circled. Foliation errors: 2A and 2B; 156A and 156B; 157A and 157B; 164A and 164B.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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