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'File 19/163 II (C 77) Nejd-Bahrain Relations' [‎72r] (156/444)

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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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D,C. No. C/200-A
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Dated the 28th March 1939.
I understand that it is now pretty definite that Tbn 3aud
is coming to Dharan and Ras Tanura for the opening of the port at
the^latter place about the 1st of May. His Highness the Shaikh
sent him a telegram the other day inviting him to come over to
Bahrain but received an extremely polite refusal, saying that
the King was very sorry that he had not sufficient time. He did
not invite Shaikh Hamad to Has Tanura, but His Highness made up
his mind that he must go across and see Tbn Saud even without an
invitation. Strenuous efforts have been made by the family and
everyone to stop him^ for everybody knows that Tbn oaud has a
very high regard for Shaikh Hamad and the fact that he nas not
invited him for the opening ceremony is obviously due to the lack
of facilities either at Dharan or at Has Tanura and to the short
time that the King will be there: and, of course, an uninvited
descent would be open to all sorts of misconstruction. As a
result, the Shaikh is, T understand, sending a second invitation
to Bahrain, and it is quite possible that Tbn Saud will now accept,
T presume that this is all in order as it would only be a friendly
visit and, apart from expense, I see some advantage to Bahrain in
a visit from Ibn Saud at this moment. There is bound to be
expense any way as His Highness has ordered nev/ cars to send across
as a gift to Tbn Saud, — and we shall have to do our best to
ensure that he pays for them himself.
- ^ or iourable Lieutenant-Colonel
Sir Trenchard Fowle, K.C.T^S., G.B.E.,
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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