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'File 10/10 I Bahrain additional area' [‎8r] (15/136)

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The record is made up of 1 file (68 folios). It was created in 14 Mar 1943-27 Dec 1947. 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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The Chief Local Representative 9
The Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited,
Bahrain «
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Dear Sir, ^
In accordance with the reauest contained in your
confidential letter No.C/PA-35, dated the 14th March 1943,
I addressed His Highness the Shaikh of Bahrain on the sub
ject of Article 5 of the Deed of Further Modification dated
the 19th June 1940. r
2* I informed His Highness of your Company* s request
that, owing to circumstances of war, he would agree to a
formal moratorium in respect of the Company^ obligations
under thd. article, such moratorium to remain in effect ••so
long as circumstances of war last or until such time as
reasonable normal Company operations can be resumed?.
3. I also informed His Highness of your Company's
request that the Lease dated the 29th December 1934 as
altered by the First Supplemental Deed dated the 3rd June
1936 and by the Deed of Further Modification dated the 19th
June 1940 should be extended by a period equal to the
period of the moratorium.
4. I further suggested to His Highness that, since the
Company had been compelled, owing to circumstances of war,
to suspend exploration work since the autumn of 1942, the
date from which the formal moratorium should become ope
rative should not be later than 1st December 1942.
6. I have now received a reply from His Highness in
which he states that he is willing to grant a moratorium
"for suciL ^time as the war makes it impossible for the
Company to carry out its obligations under Article 6*.

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The file contains correspondence and telegrams 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 Financial Adviser to the Government in Bahrain, Charles Dalrymple Belgrave, and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the temporary modification to the agreement on the Bahrain additional area during the war.

The file also contains correspondence on the ownership of Hawar Island and Deebel and Jaradeh shoals, between Bahrain and Qatar, and maps of 'Bahrain & Vicinity' (3 copies on folios 14, 15, 40) and 'Hawar Island' (folio 44).

There are letters in Arabic to and from the Sheikh of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifah.

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1 file (68 folios)

The documents in the file are arranged in chronological order.

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The foliation is in pencil, encircled, in the top right corner of each folio. The numbering begins on the front cover of the file, on number 1, and runs through to 62, 62A; and then it carries on until 67, which is the last number given on the back cover of the file. There is another foliation, incomplete: the numbering starts with 1 on the first page of writing (folio 2) and ends with 203 (folio 66); missing folios: 2-14; 20; 23-25; 29; 31-39; 197; 199-201.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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