'Persian Gulf - Turkish jurisdiction along the Arabian coast (Part III)' [10v] (14/30)
The record is made up of 1 file (15 folios). It was created in 2 Dec 1881. It was written in English. 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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having followed the communication to the Porte,
demi-officially, of a memorandum on the subject.
The question was one of several to which Lord
Granville, on assuming the office of Secretary of
State for Foreign Affairs, called the special atten
tion of Mr. Goschen, as requiring a speedy settle
ment with the Ottoman Government.
Accordingly, as a renewal of piratical acts on
the Guttu coast was reported, and as Abedine
Pasha expressed a desire to be furnished with the
views of Her Majesty's Government in writing,
Mr. Goschen, on the 7tli July, addressed to the
Porte a formal Note embodying the proposal con
tained in Lord Salisbury's Despatch, No. 12 of
1880, of which paragraphs 6, 7, 8, and 9 were
• Mr. Goschen to Earl Granville, No. 136, textually reproduced.*
dat Home, t No^fiOQ. 880 Mr. Plowden, the newly appointed Political
Agent of the Government of India in Turkish
Arabia, being at this time in Constantinople on
his way to his post, Mr. Goschen discussed the
subject with him, and was furnished by him with a
memorandum which was, in effect, an argument
against any recognition of Turkish authority along
the Arabian coast, or, at least, in favour of restrict
ing such recognition within the narrowest possible
This view was, as Mr. Goschen observed to Lord
Granville, that which had always been strongly held
in the Indian Foreign Office, where Mr. Plowden
had for some years been Under Secretary, but was
not that indicated in Lord Salisbury's Despatch.
"The point, therefore," he wrote, "if I rightly
" interpret the Despatch, is not indisposition to re-
" cognize Turkish authority, north of Odeid, on
" account of political reasons adverse to the esta-
" blishment of Turkish rule on that particular part
" of the coast, but an indisposition to allow a state
" of anarchy, hostile to the interests of commerce,
" to continue Unless I hear from
" your Lordship to the contrary, I shall pursue the
" policy conveyed in Lord Salisbury's Despatch,
" No. 12, of the 5th January, and endeavour to
t A8 above - « arrange with the Sublime Porte accordingly, "t
The views of the Secretary of State for India
(Lord Hartington) having been asked for by the
x From Foreign Office, 14th August 1880. Foreign Office, J were given in a letter from Sir L.
Home, 599. Mallet, dated the 30th August 1880, which, after
noticing briefly the previous correspondence, and
the considerations which had led Lord Cranbrook
to acquiesce in the course of procedure preferred by
Lord Salisbury, continued:—
"As regards Mr. PlOwden's objections, I am
directed to state that his memorandum, as Mr.
Goschen observes, reproduces the views of the
Indian Foreign Office, which were fully considered
when the correspondence of last year was in pro
gress. With respect to the territorial limits within
which Ottoman jurisdiction might be recognized, it
was then deliberately decided that, while inter
ference either at Odeid, or with Bahrein, or with
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A printed memorandum written and compiled by Adolphus Warburton Moore for the Political and Secret Department of the 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. , and dated 2 December 1881.
The document is a continuation of ' 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. - Turkish jurisdiction along the Arabian coast (Part II)' (IOR/L/PS/18/B19/2) and broadly addresses the same issues, namely, how to respond toTurkish claims to sovereignty along the southern coast of the Gulf that could potentially impinge on Britain's commitments with local rulers (in Bahrain and the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ) and their security responsibilities at sea (the suppression of piracy).
The document summarises correspondence from the previous two years (1879-1881) that had dealt with the matter, beginning with an outline of the opinions of officials from the main departments and institutions involved: the Foreign Office, the Government of India, and the 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. (whose opinion Warburton represents). Other correspondents include officials from the Residencies and Agencies in both 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. and Turkish Arabia, as well as the Ambassador at Constantinople.
The documents cover several topics, including:
- The threat to Bahrain from the Beni Hajir tribe and Ottoman ambitions to extend their sovereignty to the island, including the Turkish plan to build a coal depot on the island as a pretext to further political involvement;
- Questions of how to police the waters under Turkish authority;
- How Britain should deal with Shaikh Jasim [Jāsim bin Muḥammad Āl Thāni] of El Bidaa [Doha];
- Turkish claims to parts of the coast of Guttur [Qatar].
The document concludes with the perceived outcomes of the discussions, including closer ties with the ruler of Bahrain, who, in December 1880, agreed not to open relations with any foreign power other than Britain.
The author quotes extensively from the correspondence and other sources, notes on which are to be found in the margin throughout.
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