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'File 10/10 III Bahrain Additional Area' [‎2r] (3/96)

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The record is made up of 1 file (48 folios). It was created in 20 Nov 1949-5 Sep 1950. 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. ,
20th November, 1949
The Chief Local Representative,
Bahrain Petroleum Company Ltd.,
Dear Sir, ^ v
I am instructed by His Excellency the Political
Resident 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. to inform you that in respect
of the island of Arabi,Ris Highness the Shaikh of Kuwait
is being addressed as follows by His Britannic Majesty's
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. there:-
His Majesty's Government understand that the Saudi
Arabian Government may be about to re-assert their claim
to Arabi and possibly to take some action to enforce it.
His Highness is reminded that while His Majesty's Govern
ment have always taken the view that prima facie Arabi
belongs to Kuwait, they have felt that Kuwait's claim is
slender and have intimated to the Saudi Arabian Government
that there might be discussion of the respective claims of
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. In the circumstances it would be
difficult to take any effective action to resist any re-
assertion of the Saudi claim.
Embassy at Jedda has addressed the Saudi Arabian Government
regarding Arabi as follows:
His Majesty's Government have reason to believe that
the Saudi Arabian Government have had brought to their attention
the recent operations of the Bahrain Petroleum Company on the
island of Arabi. They would therefore like to make their
position clear to them in a frank and friendly manner. This
island is claimed by His Highness the Shaikh of Kuwait. His
Majesty's Government have no intention of taking any action
I am further to inform you that His Britannic Majesty's

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The file contains correspondence and telegrams between the the Sheikh of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifah, 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 Financial Adviser to the Government in Bahrain, Charles Dalrymple Belgrave and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the claim of the Ruler of Saudi Arabia, Ibn Saud on islands off the Bahrain coast, on which he had erected concrete slabs and bronze plaques.

The file includes letters in Arabic, four photographs representing beacons on the islands (folios 23-24; 34-35) and a map 'Portion of U.S. Hydrographic Map N. 3647 Showing Area Explored by Geological, Geophysical and Structure Drilling Methods. January 4th, 1950' (folio 14).

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1 file (48 folios)

The documents in the file are arranged in chronological order.

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The main foliation is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. It begins with the front cover of the file, on number 1, and runs through to 48, ending on the inside of the back cover of the file. There are also two other foliation sequences, both incomplete.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 10/10 III Bahrain Additional Area' [‎2r] (3/96), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/432, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 18 November 2019]

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