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'Persian Gulf - Turkish jurisdiction along the Arabian coast (Part II)' [‎148r] (3/45)

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The record is made up of 1 file (21 folios). It was created in 1 Sep 1879. It was written in English and French. 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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Confidential.
PerSi a?o^ U lh7 T A Ur ^ Sh Jurisdicti on
along the Arabian Coast.
(Part II.)
* Secret Letters from
India, Vol. 16, p. 337.
f India Political, No.
202, dated 21 st Nov. 1873,
Enclosure No. 10.
% Enclosure
above.
No. 12, as
Secret Utter from India, 127,
22nd May 1879.
^ llc , Kateef on the coast may be considered
the port while m August 1873 they were reported
by the Acting Resident 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. * to
have estahhshed an influence oyer all the Guttur
coast at) fai as the Odeid boundaries "
In August 1873, the Resident! mentioned
rumours current at Kateef, and also at Ojair a
pomt fui ther south, that Turkish troops under
Sufslr ab ° ui *• ' l »
^nfi 1>e / eren ^ to reports Colonel Ross wrote
(20th August ):—" It is almost certain that in the
^ present position of affairs the Turks would not
send a hostile expedition against Aboothabee, or
any other Oman seaport. If any despatch of
^ troops m that direction be contemplated, it will
" doubtless be under cover of an invitation from
" the Arabs themselves, and it may be worth while
<c to consider whether there is any likelihood of
" such an invitation being given."
He thought that such a thing might arise out
the relations between the Sheikh of Aboothabee
and a section of his tribe settled at Odeid, and
there was, in his opinion, no doubt that the
Turkish Arabian authorities considered both
Aboothabee and Bereymee as portions of the pro
vince of Nejd, and that they would gladly seize anv
favourable opportunity of possessing themselvfij of
them.
In a subsequent letter (19th September),! re -
ferring to some correspondence which had passed
between Yussuf Effendi, the Assistant of Ferek
Pasha, and the Chiefs of Debaye and Aboothabee,
Colonel Ross observed that, while the letters iid
not themselves prove any intention of the Turk^
interfere politically in Oman, yet, coupled with thb
generally received reports, there seemed ground
to view their operations in that quarter with
distrust.
On the 5th September 1874, the Resident re
ported to the Government of India that the
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A memorandum, written by Adolphus Warburton Moore, Assistant Secretary of the Political and Secret Department of the 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. , 1 September 1879.

The document is a continuation of ' 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. - Turkish jurisdiction along the Arabian coast (Part I)' (IOR/L/PS/18/B19/1) and broadly addresses the same issues, namely, what to do about Turkish claims to sovereignty along the southern coast of the Gulf that could potentially impinge on Britain's treaty commitments with local rulers and their security responsibilities at sea (the suppression of piracy), and whether to come to some kind of comprehensive arrangement with the Ottoman Government to settle the matter. To support this, the document gives a history of recent affairs in the region, making extensive use of correspondence and memoranda mostly written between 1874 and 1879. The principal correspondents are from the Government of India, the Foreign Office, the 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. , and various political and diplomatic offices 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. , Turkish Arabia, and Constantinople. The matters covered by the document concern events at Bahrein [Bahrain], Guttur [Qatar] - including Zobarah [Al Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. ], Odeid [al-‘Udaid], and El Bidaa [Doha] - Lahsa [al-Hasa], and the Trucial states.

The memorandum concludes by outlining the position of the Foreign Office, the Government of India, and the 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. (represented by the author) on the following four matters:

1. The status of Odeid;

2. The need to better define areas of responsibility and jurisdiction with the Porte, and whether to hold them responsible for order along the coast under their authority;

3. A revision of Britain's treaties with Bahrain, the Trucial chiefs, and Muscat;

4. The arrangement of 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. business between the Bushire Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and the Baghdad Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. .

The author quotes extensively from the correspondence and other sources, notes on which are to be found in the margin throughout.

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1 file (21 folios)
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Foliation: The foliation for this description commences at folio 148 and terminates at folio 168, as it is part of a larger physical volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located 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. The main foliation sequence commences at the front cover, and terminates at the back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located 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.

Pagination: The volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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