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'Memorandum on the Oil Concessions in the Arab Sheikhdoms' [‎4v] (8/18)

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The record is made up of 1 file (9 folios). It was created in 13 Mar 1944. 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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such co-operation to secure fron the Rulers the assistance they
require in developing oilfields in the hinterland and in
securing protection against tribesmen.
13, U.S. interests in the Persian G-ull . bni-e : j- >too
have "been taking an increasing interest in this area "both iron
the point of viev; of oil developnent and with an eye to post-war
civil aviation. As stated aTDovo, the important oil concession
in Bahrein is ovmed Dy the Americans. V .hile our relations
with the Bahrein Petroleum Company have always been most tnendly,
the Company co-operating fully in the/spirit of the agreement,
there have, nev rtheless, teen indications that the United States
Government" ar- lot altogether satisfied with the arrangement
wherehy political relation: ". ith the Sheikhs, affecting as they
do the interests of ^de.ioan subjects, are left entirely in tne
hands of the British Policical authorities. The United States
Government recently put forward a proposal iox wj_;(jnin 0
/jierican Consul, -te at Bahrein which was successfully resisted
on our part, mainly on the grounds that to allow thei Consular
representation there would open the way to other countries, such
as Iraq, Persia and Saudi^jrahia, and that the proposal could not
"be justified "by the number of .jierican subjects j.ivin^ m Bahrein
or the magnitude of American interests there.
14. It therefore appears not improhahle that in any discussions
with us they may press to "be allowed greater freedom in conducting
.direct relations with the Sheikhs. .iny such request should,
from our own interests, "be most firmly opposed on the ground
that to admit such a request in the case of the United Status
would "be to*open the duor tc intrusion by other countries such
as Iiaq, Persia and Saudi ijrabia, which would certainly no
detrimental in the long -un both to our interests and those of
the United States. It may not, however, be easy to resist such
proposals by the Americans in the case of Huscat, sincu the latter

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This printed secret memorandum by 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. , dated 13 March 1944, concerns oil concessions in the Arab sheikhdoms of 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. in the context of the United States of America's discussions on oil in the Middle East. The aim of the memorandum is to give an account of British interests, explain British relations with the rulers of 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. states and British policy more generally, and describes various oil concessions that have been granted in these states.

The memorandum, which is signed with the initials 'F.A.K.H' of the External 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. , consists of six sections: 'The Geographical Situation and Treaty position of the Sheikhdoms', including Koweit [Kuwait], Bahrein [Bahrain], Qatar, 'The seven petty Sheikhdoms of 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 Muscat; 'Strategic importance of the Sheikhdom'; 'The nature of our relations with the Rulers and the importance of maintaining our present exclusive position'; 'Oil Concessions in the Gulf'; ' HMG Her or His Majesty’s Government in London. 's interests in the oil concessions'; and 'US interests 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. '.

This first section of the memorandum is followed by an appendix entitled 'Details of the Oil Concessions granted in the Arab Sheikhdoms of 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. ' (folios 6-9) and is divided into sections covering Bahrain, Kuwait, Dubai, Sharjah, Kalba, Ras-al-Khaimah [Ras al-Khaymah], Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Umm al Quwaim [Umm al-Qaywayn], Qatar, and Muscat.

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Foliation: The foliation for this description commences at folio 1 and terminates at folio 9, as it is part of a larger physical volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located 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.

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