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File 10/1 VIII Bahrain Oil Concession [‎201r] (429/555)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (270 folios). It was created in 15 Apr 1934-3 Jul 1934. 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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Jews-saEcr dRtcd th,> 1 3 t ji.n, '^ -
The ^eatlon jiXJgtealn betwe en Britain .inrt
Few years ago the Persian Govertment brouglit out the
question of tne ownership oi' Bahrain Island claiming that it
is a part of Persia which cannot "be separated from it. The
British Government asked that they should drop their claim
and deliver tne same to them. The President of the Persian
Delegates in the League of Nations referred the matter to the
League of Nations and supported the claim of his Government
with historical proofs. The British Delegate also defended the
case 01 Bahrain. Notes were then exchanged in which each of
them rebutted the contentions of the other and the British
Government stood by their contentions that the Bahrain Islands
are oeing Governed "by their Rulers A1 Khalifah for over 100
years ana that there are treaties between them and those
Amirs according to which they(British) undertook to protect
the principality and defend it and that they cannot fail to do
in accordance with their undertakings. The matter remained as
it is and we heard nothing about it afterwards.
Apparently the production of Oil in Bahrain and the
preparations which the .American Company, wtiich is a branch of
the Standard Oil of California, are making for the early export
of oil has dug out the question again and caused the Persian
Government to reopen their claim. We read in the Persian
papers received today that the Persian Minister for Foreign
Affairs made a statement in the Chamber of Deputies which
may he summarised as follows
Early in Aoril 1930 one of the officials of the Persian
Government discovered some new/wells in Bahrain hut previous
to this a British Gompany was given Concession for the product
ion of Oil in Bahrain which "began their work. Bahrain being
part of Persia which cannot be separated from it and. as the
Persian Government have authority over it- it being apit of
the Government oropertyi the Government warned tne British
fiiQxsxKffisjak Company that they should cease their operations foi
the production of oil in Bahrain and have explained to uiiem
that they do not admit the rights granted to them but consider
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The volume contains correspondence and telegrams between the 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. in Bahrain, 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. in Bushire and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the storage tanks calibration for the purpose of calculating the royalties payable to the Sheikh of Bahrain and on the first shipments of oil from Bahrain to Japan and Singapore.

The volume includes a copy of the draft lease contract with notes (folios 55-64), newspaper cuttings on oil in Bahrain and House of Commons' questions on Bahrain (folios 204-205). There are letters in Arabic with English translation, to and from the Sheikh.

There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 248-258).

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1 volume (270 folios)

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 248-258). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The main foliation system starts on the 5th sheet with 1 and finishes with 259, wich is the last number given, on the 5th sheet from the back of the volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled and may be found in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

Foliation anomalies: 56A and 56B; 57A and 57B; 58A and 58B; 60A and 60B; 61A and 61B; 61A and 61B; 63A and 63B.

Foliation omissions: folio 233

A second foliation sequence starts on folio 14 and continues through to folio 247; the numbering for this sequence starts at 13. These numbers are also written in pencil and may be located in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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