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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎43r] (85/322)

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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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1. Date of despatch
2, List of enclosures
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Draft Memorandum
File No.
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would be desirable, and, in his letter bo the
Adviser, he asKed for the release as a request.
3. I have "to comment as follows. As the
man who was arrested was of course one of the

Ar-Rumaih 'and his arrest was clearly connected
with the Bahrain-^atar dispute, I am unable to
understand why it should be described by Your
Highness as merely a question of your "internal
rights". It would be v perhaps more reasonable
to argue that the settlement of the Ar-Rumaih
in Qatar was a question of the internal rights
of the Shaikh of Qatar.
I am furthermore entirely unable to
'accept Your Highness's description of my
assistant's request for v/hat was very largely
a courtesy as an interference with your sub-
jects and country.

4. fhe divergence of Your Highness's and
my views in this matter clearly makes it vain
for me to try to help in connection with the
settlement of the Ar-Rumaih in Qatar. I am,
therefore, taking no further action on the
correspondence ending with ray letter 1x0.0/224
dated the 18th February, 1947. ' ^ V
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5. In referring to the expression "the
continuance of the Assistant 1 s interference in
my internal affairs without any right"j T
should be grateful if Your Highness would
specify any other instances in which you
(P.T.O. )
g '■HIM

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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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