'A Collection of Treaties and Engagements relating to the Persian Gulf Shaikhdoms and the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman in force up to the End of 1953' [17r] (35/92)
The record is made up of 1 volume (44 folios). It was created in c 1954. 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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General Treaty, dated November 3, 1916—
Treaty between the British Government and Shaikh 'Abdullah bin Jasim bin
Thani, Shaikh of Qatar, dated the 3rd November 1916.
Whereas my grandfather, the late Shaikh Mohammed bin Thani, signed an
agreement on the 12th September 1868 engaging not to commit any breach of the
Maritime Peace, and whereas these obligations to the British Government have
developed on me his successor in Qatar.
I, Shaikh 'Abdullah bin Jasim bin Thani, undertake that I will, as do the
friendly Arab Shaikhs of Abu Dhabi, Dibai, Shargah, Ajman, Ras-ul-Khaima
and Umm-al-Qawain, co-operate with the High British Government in the
suppression of the slave trade and piracy and generally in the maintenance of the
To this end, Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, 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, has favoured me with the Treaties and Engagements, entered into between
the Shaikhs abovementioned and the High British Government, and I hereby
declare that I will abide by the spirit and obligations of the aforesaid Treaties and
On the other hand, the British Government undertakes that I and my subjects
and my and their vessels shall receive all the immunities, privileges and advantages
that are conferred on the friendly Shaikhs, their subjects and their vessels. In
token whereof, Sir Percy Cox has affixed his signature with the date thereof to
each and every one of the aforesaid Treaties and Engagements in the copy granted
to me and I have also affixed my signature and seal with the date thereof to each
and every one of the aforesaid Treaties and Engagements, in two other printed
copies of the same Treaties and Engagements, that it may not be hidden.
And in particular, 1, Shaikh Abdullah, have further published a proclamation
forbidding the import and sale of arms into my territories and port of Qatar;
and in consideration of the undertaking into which I now enter, the British
Government on its part agrees to grant me facilities to purchase and import, from
the Muscat Arms Warehouse or such other place as the British Government may
approve, for my personal use, and for the arming of my dependents, such arms
and ammunition as 1 may reasonably need and apply for in such fashion as may
be arranged hereafter through 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. , Bahrein. I undertake absolutely
that arms and ammunition thus supplied to me shall under no circumstances be
re-exported from my territories or sold to the public, but shall be reserved solely
for supplying the needs of my tribesmen and dependents whom I have to arm for
the maintenance of order in my territories and the protection of my Frontiers.
In my opinion the amount of my yearly* requirements will be up to five hundred
I, Shaikh 'Abdullah, further undertake that I will not have relations nor
correspond with, nor receive the agent of, any other Power without the consent
of the High British Government; neither will I, without such consent, cede to any
other Power or its subjects, land either on lease, sale, transfer, gift, or in any other
I also declare that, without the consent of the High British Government, I will
not grant pearl-fishery concessions, or any other monopolies, concessions, or cable
landing rights, to anyone whomsoever.
* Note .—In the original Treaty in the English version the word "early" has been written for
"yearly" by slip of the pen.
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The volume consists of the following Foreign Office document: 19127, marked 'For Official Use only'.
The volume is divided into sections containing transcripts of treaties and engagements relating to Bahrain; Kuwait; Qatar; Trucial States; Muscat; and miscellaneous. The earliest treaties recorded date from 1820.
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- 1 volume (44 folios)
There is a list 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 45 on the back cover. These numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and can be found 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. An original printed pagination sequence is also present in the volume. Foliation anomaly: ff. 10, 10A. The following folio needs to be folded out: f. 39.
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