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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎29r] (57/322)

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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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The 8th March, 1947.
His Excellency Shaikh Abdulla bin
Qasim Al Thani, C.I.E.,
Ruler of Qatar.
After compliments;
I thank Your Excellency for your letter of the
3rd Rabi II, 1366 (23.2.47). J am sorry to hear that
you consider that Bahrain puts pressure on Qatar and
that thisjis increasing. it is, of course, true that
Bahrain's relations with her neighbouring states
differ in some respects. This is normal in the world
today and I am indeed happy that your Excellency is
thinking in terms of permanent friendly relations
between the two states and wishidto make an agreement
on a mutual basis, indeed I should be most happy
to assist in this, but before I do so I shall address
our friend Shaikh Salman and I must also refer to 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. .
2. In the meantime would your Excellency please
refer to paragraph 2 of my letter NQ.c/187, dated the
13th February, 1947, and prevent the Al Bu Romaih from
establishing themselves on the north-western shores of
Qatar. I should be glad to hear from you on this
precise point.
Usual ending.
Sd./- A.C. GALLOWAY
H.B.M.'s 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)
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File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

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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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