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'Persian Gulf - Turkish jurisdiction along the Arabian coast (Part II)' [‎155r] (17/45)

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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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* No. 6 (Political), dated 17th Jan. 1879.
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in t en f ;n° r T 6 . ex f eded the general scope and
intentions of the instructions given in May 1877
ment appr0Ted ^ Her Majesty's Govern-
It is worth observing that while the Porte was
prompt m complaining of the proceedings at Odeid
i las remained absolutely silent in regard to the mur
derous attack made in June 1876 on the Aboothabee
boat in the harbour of El Bidaa.
It is necessary now to notice the succession of
more recent piratical acts in the Gulf, which com
menced in the summer of 1878, and has brought
the question of the Turkish position in those parts
to a head. The circumstances connected with them
are concisely stated in the letters from India
marginally noted,* and the particulars which follow
are in substance extracted from those letters.
On the 31st July 1878, the Resident in the Gulf
repeated to the Government of India a report from
Bahrein that a body of the Beni Hajir tribe of
Bedouins had seized a boat belon^inff to the Turkish
fort of Kateef.
On the 20th September, Colonel Ross telegraphed
that the Beni Hajir had seized and plundered some
Persian vessels off Sheikh Shaab, an island on the
Persian coast of the Gulf, and wounded two men.
The same gang had also plundered another vessel,
nationality unknown, carrying off a large sum in
cash and murdering the master. The pirates having
then landed on the Guttur coast, Colonel Ross sug
gested that the Ottoman Government should be
addressed regarding their proceedings. He also
drew attention to the Chief of Zobara, who was
said to be implicated, and inquired whether there
was any objection to his dealing direct with that
place and using coercive measures if necessary.
Turkish rale had never been asserted there, while
the claim of Bahrein to exercise authority h?d been
disallowed by the Government of India; On the
24th September the .Resident telegraphed again
reporting the result of inquiries made by Her
Majesty's ship "Vulture." It appeared that re
sponsibility for the outrages complained of rested
partly with the Turkish districts of Kateef and El
Bidaa, but in a greater degree with Zobara, whence
two vessels had been despatched under the Chief's
son to attack a passing boat belonging to Guttur.
The Chief of Bahrein had also incurred blame by
receiving the Chief of Zobara and his son as
guests, and by other acts. Speedy and severe
punishment of Zobara seemed to Colonel Ross the
first measure requisite; the Turks would not, he
thought, be able to co-operate, being fully occupied
in dealing with the Wahabees.
The following instructions were sent by the Go-

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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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