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'File 10/1 IV Bahrain Oil Concession' [‎82r] (178/476)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (238 folios). It was created in 31 Jul 1933-4 Oct 1933. 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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wondered whether there was any further action which might
be taken in the interests of the British Company which was
endeavouring to secure the Kuwait concession. Colonel fowls
thought that it was not desirable to do anything further at
the moment. He had seen the Sheikh fairly recently.
Lieutenant Colonel Fowle also said that the lull was
partly due to the uncertainty in the Sheikh's mind as to the
neutral zone. It is not yet known whether the Hasa
concession recently granted to the Standard Oil Company,
includes the neutral zone. It is not unlikely that Ibn Sand
added the neutral zone on the understanding that the Sheikh's
consent would be obtained, and that the King has already
approached the Sheikh on the subject. The probability is that
things will work out as they did in 1924, i.e. that Ibn Saud
will submit proposals regarding the neutral zone to the
SSieikh and that the latter will refer the matter to His
Majesty 1 s Government who will be left with the odium of anv
reiusal. There is a possibility that Ibn Saud might, by means
of one neutral zone, try to influence the Sheikh's decision
in regard to tne Kuwait concession, Mr. Rendel expressed
the view that if Ibn Saud tried to bring political pressure
bo bear on the Sheikh of Koweit in order to force him to
agree to the grant of a concession in the neutral zone to
Ibn bauo. s nominees, there would be good ground for strong
representations at Jedda.
It was suggested that the value of the Kuwait
concession depended on the value of the neutral zone, and Mr.
Starling undertook to ascertain from the Anglo-Persian Oil
Company whether they regarded a concession in the neutral
I zone as an essential adjunct to the Kuwait concession.
Mr .Rendel suggested that it might be possible to make a
distinction between the neutral zone and Kuwait proper.

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The volume mainly contains correspondence, telegrams and notes of meetings between 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. in Bahrain, the 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 Bushire, the Secretary of State for India, the Financial Adviser to the Government in Bahrain, Charles Darlymple Belgrave, and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the Bahrain Oil Concession. The volume also contains correspondence and notes of meetings on the aquisitition of oil rights over an additional area, including the territorial waters of the Bahrain Islands. There are also letters in Arabic to and from the Sheikh of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifah, and confidential correspondence regarding the resignation of Major Holmes from Chief Local Representative of BAPCO, and the translation of a speech read in his honour by Ali bin Hussein (folios 201-203). Some of the documents in the volume are marked as confidential. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 217-227).

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1 volume (238 folios)

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 217-227). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number in ink crayon or pencil, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The main foliation sequence is circled in pencil, at the top of each folio. It begins on the first page of writing, on number 2, and runs through to 233, ending on the inside of the back cover of the volume.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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