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'File 19/163 II (C 77) Nejd-Bahrain Relations' [‎191r] (402/444)

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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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[N.B. This is on ORIGINAL message sent by AIR MAIL which provides a means of communication more
expeditious than the ordinary mail and is cheaper than the telegraph. It is intended to be treated,
on receipt, with the same expedition as if it had been telegraphed. To save time and to obviate
formalities it is drafted in the form of a telegram. It is authenticated by the signature of a
responsible officer of the Department.]
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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. 5
20th December
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Office Express letter Ho. P.Z. 7289/39
dated the 21st November 1939. The Bainain.
2. Effective occupation and use presumably involve residence
for 12 months in the year. Neither island has ever been occupied/
for more than brief periods by fishermen, who have occasionally j
in the past erected barastis (palm huts) which they have removed
on departure. In recent years, so far as I can discover, no
"barastis have been erected• j
3. At high spring tides the areas of both islands are con
siderably smaller than the figures given in paragraph 6 of
Admiralty letter No. M.07938/39 dated the 8th November 1939.
Bain al Kabir, the northern island, is at high springs not
more than 50 yards in length and a few «eet in width; spray
drives clean across; and local people state that it is quite
definitely impossible to live on it. Bain as oaghir,
southern island, is roughly 100 yards in length at high spring
tides, and being more protected from the shamal is not totally
covered by spray. As however it has, according to local
opinion, never been more than briefly occupied by fishermen
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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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