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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎35r] (69/322)

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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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D.Q.^o. 767«S«
The 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 30th April 1947.
Please refer to your demi-official
letter No. G/434 dated the 6th April 1947. ?• l L i
2. Some reply is necessary to the 3haikh
of Bahrain's letter, a copy of vhich vifcis forwaraed
with Bahrain Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. memorandum No, G/16 dated the
5th January 1947 and I suggest you should reply on
the basis of (a) and (b) in paragraph 2 of your letter
adding whatever you can in the way of palliation to
the ohaiich oi Qatar's refusal to remove the Al Bu
Romaxh as we do not want to exacerbate tne situation
more than is necessary.
o. vith regard to the question of acme
kind of a^rsauient between Shaiich Salmon and Shaikh
Abdullah I auggeat that you should put the proposal
to the former Terbally and aaoartain his rsuotiona.
^ alter that you consider there is any hope of
rcacning a satisfactory agreement you rai^hi ask the
shaikh of Qatar for his specific proposals when you
next see hiia.
4. In tuture in dealing with this question
/ * . '
i think we should so far as poaaibie airoid maKing any
request to either party in writing where there is a
possibility of the request being refused and we are not
in a position to enforce it. where however either
party nas agreed as a result of verbal discuaoion to
a course oi action which we consider satisfactory we
should get him to confirm it in writing .s soon as
J.Pelly Jisquire, O.B.ii.,l.c.S.,
Polit ical Agen t.

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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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