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'Memorandum on British Commitments (during the War) to the Gulf Chiefs' [‎149r] (13/14)

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The record is made up of 1 file (7 folios). It was created in 1918. 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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IX.
Further, I undertake to allow the establishment of a British post office and a telegraph
installation anywhere in my territory whenever the British Government should hereafter desire them.
I also undertake to protect them when established.
X.
On their part, the High British Government, in consideration of these treaties and engagements
that I have entered into with them, undertake to protect me and my subjects and territory from all
aggression by sea, and to do their utmost to exact reparation for all injuries that I, or my subjects,
may suffer when proceeding to sea upon our lawful occasions.
XL
They also undertake to grant me good offices, should I or my subjects be assailed by land within
the territories of Qatar. It is, however, thoroughly understood that this obligation rests upon the
British Government only in the event of such aggression, whether by land or sea, being unprovoked
by any act or aggression on the part of myself or my subjects against others.
In token whereof I, 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 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. ,
and I, Shaikh Abdullah-bin-Jasim-bin-Thani, have respectively signed and affixed our seal to this
original document and four copies thereof.
Dated 6th Moharram, 1335, corresponding to the 3rd November, 1916.
(Signed and sealed) ABDULLAH-BIN-JASIM.
P. Z. COX, Major-General,
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 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. .
(Signed) * C[HELMSFORD],
Viceroy and Governor-General of India.
This treaty was ratified by the Viceroy and Governor-General of India in Council at Delhi on
the 23rd day of March A.D. one thousand nine hundred and eighteen,
(Signed) A. H. GRANT,
Secretary to the Government of India,
Foreign and Political Department.
APPENDIX B.
Translation of Letter addressed by 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. , 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 Sheikh Abdullah.
(After compliments.) _ , i ir r u x? i.-
Whereas your Honour has to-day entered into and signed with me, on behalf ot the Lntisli
Government, an agreement or treaty, with the object of cementing the relations between the High
British Government and yourself, and whereas your Honour has expressed the opinion that the time
has not yet come for giving effect to articles (7), (8), and (9), which relate to :
1. The admission of British subjects to Qatar for trade.
2. The admission of an agent on behalf of Government.
3. The establishment of post and telegraph offices in your territory.
Therefore I, on behalf of the British Government, accept your opinion, and hereby inform you
that the British Government sees no present necessity for the execution of these measures and wiU
refrain from pressing for them until some future time when the need for them shall be mam test, and
the effect will not be given to these articles without full consultation with you and the obtaining ot
y0Ur And"whereas you have represented to me that you and your dependents
slaves from of old time, previous to this treaty, and that it would be dithcult if ^e officials of
Government were to interfere between them and their masters, accordingly I inform 7™ «>at 1
recognise how you are placed in regard to this question and that sappesmg that you » cc ° rll 3'
negroes fair and just treatment there will not he interference on the part ot Government rep e
sentatives in the matter.
This is what had to be explained, and may God preserve you.
P. Z. COX, Lieutenant-Colonel,
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 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. .
Daied, Al Bida, November 3, 1916 {Moharram 6, 1335).

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This is a printed memorandum by the Political Intelligence Department of the Foreign Office concerning British commitments during the First World War to autonomous or independent Arab rulers of 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. , including the Sultan of Maskat [Muscat], the Trucial Chiefs of Oman (that is, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Dubai, Ra's al-Khaymah, Ajman, etc.), and the Sheikhs of Katar [Qatar], Bahrein [Bahrain], Koweit [Kuwait] and Mohammerah [Muḥammarah / Khorramshahr]. The memorandum includes the following sections: 'Collective Assurances'; 'Assurances to the Sheikh of Mohammerah' [Khaz‘al bin Jābir al-Ka‘bī]; 'Assurances to the Sheikh of Koweit' [Mubārak bin Ṣabāḥ Āl Ṣabāḥ, Jābir bin Mubārak Āl Ṣabāḥ from 1915 to 1917, and Sālim bin Mubārak Āl Ṣabāḥ from 1917 onwards]; 'Treaty with the Sheikh of Katar' [‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī]; and 'Relation of Commitments (during the War) to the Gulf Chiefs to British Disiderata'. References are made in the text and footnotes to various treaties and correspondences. A section of appendices (folios 148v-149v) includes the text of a treaty with the Sheikh of Qatar, dated 3 November 1916; a translation of a letter addressed by 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 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 Sheikh Abdullah [‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī], dated 3 November 1916; and a proclamation by Sheikh Abdullah regarding the Arms Traffic, dated 6 Moharram [Muḥarram] 1335 [3 November 1916].

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Foliation: The foliation for this description commences at folio 143 and terminates at folio 149, 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. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between folios 11-158; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence.

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