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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎3r] (5/322)

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The record is made up of 1 file (161 folios). It was created in 14 Dec 1946-28 Aug 1948. 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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From - 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. , Bahrain#
To - 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. , Bahrain.
No.C/1376.
Dated the 14th of December, 1946.
Reference correspondence ending with Resi
dency printed Letter N0.986-S dated the 12th November,
1946. J enclose a copy of a translation of a letter
from the shaikh of Bahrain which i received on the 11th
December, 1946.
I have discussed the migration with the Shaikh
of Bahrain who states that while he does not mind these
people leaving Bahrain, he objects to their being settled
by the Shaikh of Qatar on land which he claims to be his
in Qatar.
3* While, of course, it is not admitted that
umm al Ma'a belongs to the shaikh of Bahrain, the rights
to the coast line in the Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. region have for long been
under dispute. I think that for the shaikh of Qatar to
settle Bahrainis, as is alleged by the shaikh of Bahrain,
at Dtom al Ma*a is offensive to the latter and is also not
in keeping with the 1944 Agreement. s >; ,
I am not fully aware of the cause of the
trouble between the shaikh of Bahrain and the emigrants,
but understand that some question of a marriage and non
payment of a subsidy was involved.
. Similar migrations have resulted in more than
one serious incident in the past, and I therefore think
that we should take notice of this case. Besides which
our reaction is probably being watched closely by the
shaikh of Qatar, whether or not he is behind the migration
as implied by the Shaikh of Bahrain.
I therefore suggest that I should write to
t ie shaikh 01 Qatar informing him of the sense of paragraph 3
above, and ask him to settle the families away from the dis
puted area. Settlements in that area have in the past been
a considerable trouble to His Majesty's Government
and they do not wish to run the risk of a recurrence.
I should be grateful for early instructions.
Sd./- A.C.. GALLOWAY
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. , Bahrain.
ATTESTED ,
for Assistant 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. ,
Bahrain.
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This file contains correspondence about on-going tensions between Bahrain and Qatar regarding the ownership of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. after the Al Khalifa and Al Thani families had signed an agreement (mediated by the British) in 1944. The correspondence discusses disagreements between Bahrain and Qatar concerning their interpretation of the wording of the 1944 agreement and also the emigration of the Al Bu Rumaih tribe from Bahrain to Qatar (without permission of the ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa).

On folios 8-4, the file contains a summary of all the key events related to the dispute over Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. from 1766 until 1946.

A small sketch map of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. and the surrounding area is contained on folio 117.

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1 file (161 folios)
Arrangement

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

Physical characteristics

Formerly a correspondence file bound with treasury tags, the file's pages have been unbound and are now loose.

There are three incomplete foliation sequences and one complete foliation sequence. The complete sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. It begins on the front cover, on number 1, and runs through to 161, ending on the inside of the back cover of the file.

f.117 is stored in an envelope (f.116).

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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