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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎18r] (35/322)

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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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DRAFT LETTER 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.
BAiiiiAIM TO HIS iilGlINES^ TiiE SHAIKH
OF BAHRAIN.
I have the honour to reply
to the letter which Your Highness
addressed to me on the L5th May 1946
on the suoject of Zuberah,
2* I regret that I have been
unable to reply to this letter before.
The reason was thet I considered it
necessary to consult the Hon'ble 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. and obtain his
instructions before replying, and as
Colonel Hay had only recently assumed
charge as 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. he wished
to study all the papers about this
complicated question and visit Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha.
itself before expressing any opinion
regarding it. He has now authorised me
to reply to you as follows.
3# It is true that the agree
ment with the Shaikh of ^atar wnich
Your Hifchness signed on the ii3rd June
1944 v.as effected as a result of the
mediation of Major Hickinbotham who was
then Political A^ent Bahrain and it is
to be presumed therefore that Major
Hickinbotham knew what the words used
were meant to convey. With regard to
the interpretation of the clause which
Your Highness quotes, viz., "The Ruler
of Qatar undertakes that Zubarsh will
remain without anything being done in it
which did not exist in the past", Wajor
Hickinbotham has himself in his letter
No.C/1372 dated 23rd September 1944
said that this does not mean that
everything is to be restored in Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha.

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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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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎18r] (35/322), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/372, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023636219.0x000024> [accessed 16 December 2019]

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