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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎30r] (59/322)

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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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POLITICAL AGENCY An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company.
D.O. NO.C/434.
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The 6th of April, 1947.
Please refer to the correspondence ending with
Galloway's demi-official letter No.c/338, dated the
10th of ? T arch, 1947. I enclose a translation of a letter
dated the 28th March, 1947, received from the Shaikh of
Qatar in reply to my letter No.C/314, dated the 8th March,
1947, to him. Galloway also informed the Shaikh of Bahrain
that he would let him know the result of the reference he
was making to Qatar, under your instructions, in the matter
of the A1 Bu Rumaih.
2. The Shaikh has rejected our request to prevent the
Al Bu Rumaih from establishing themselves in Qatar, and
I do not see that we can take any action against him for ■
so doing. If you agree to Galloway's suggestion in the
second paragraph of his demi-official letter first quoted
I would now write to the Shaikh of Bahrain informing him
that the Shaikh of Qatar states that
(a) the Al Bu Rumaih have emigrated from
Bahrain with his knowledge, consent ^ a
and permission.
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there have been similar migrations of
Qatar tribes to Bahrain.
(c) he (the Shaikh of Qatar) is ready to come
to a mutual/agreement on this matter. /fapparentl
3. I would add that, provided Shaikh Salman is anxious
to reach an agreement in the matter , I would be prepared—
to ask the Shaikh of Qatar for specific proposals. I am
conscious that this suggestion is a red herring across the
track of the main issue, and I have very little expectation
that an accommodation will be reached; but I see no other
course of action open to us.
The Hon'ble Lt-Col. W.R. Hay,
C.S.I., C.I.E.,
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. ,
Bah rain.
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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)

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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