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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎17r] (33/322)

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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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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. Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ,
Bahrain,
the 6th February, 1947.
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Please refer to your demi-official letter
No.C/14 dated the 5th January 1947 regarding Zuberah,
2. I am most grateful to you for the very
useful note which you have prepared.
3. I enclose herewith a suggested draft reply
to the Shaikh's letter of 21st Llay 1946. If you have
any comments or criticisms would you kindly discuss it
with me. Otherwise please issue it. *
4. Vvitn regard to the Shaikh's request that he
mi^ht refer his claim to ^ubarah to a committee of
Arab rulers, 1 would suggest that if he returns to the
charge you should call his attention to the statement
contained in 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. Bahrain's letter
No.C/562-4/13 dated 19th July 1937 to his father to the
effect that "His Majesty's Government is the ultimate
authority for deciding questions regarding ownership
between Shsikhs". If he wishes to pursue a claim to
the ownership of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. , which is presumably what he
means, he should put In a formal and detailed representa
tion for transmission to His Majesty's Government.
I trust however that you will do your best to discourage
him from submitting such a claim.
5. If the Shaikh wishes to repudiate the agree
ment which he signed on 23rd June 1944 on the grounds
that he did not fully understand its contents, I should
see no grave objection, and we should be relieved of a
certain amount of embarrassment. On the other hand it
is desirable if possible to avoid a return to the state
of blockade which existed between Bahrain and Qatar
before the agreement.
Sic.
Lieut.-Colonel A.C. Galloway, CIE., OBL.,
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. ,
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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)
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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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