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‘File 13/4 III: Facilities for Foreign Companies using Arab Route’ [‎3r] (5/144)

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The record is made up of 1 file (70 folios). It was created in 10 May 1942-4 May 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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From 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. , Bahrain.
To 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. , Bushire.
Dated 12th May 1942.
Chliger former Manager California Arabian
Standard Oil Company has informed me in course of
private conversation that recently Company made direct
approach to Ibn Saud and secured unconditional permission
for construction landing grounds throughout Company's
concession area. Construction work will begin immediately
at selected spots of which Ras Tanura will probably be one.
Ibn Saud said in confidence that he had no objection to use
of these aerodromes in emergency by R.A.F. aircraft which
should be helped to get away again as quickly as possible.
Pan American Airways are in close touch with California
Arabian Standard Oil Company and probably hope to use these
facilities. I hope to secure further details shortly, but
request that source of information be kept strictly con

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The file, which is a continuation of correspondence in the volume ‘File 13/4 II Facilities for Foreign Air Company’s using Arabian Air Route’ (IOR/R/15/2/512), deals chiefly with the use of air facilities around the Arabian peninsula by United States aircraft during the Second World War. The file contains correspondence relating to: plans of the Californian Standard Oil Company to construct landing strips along the Arab coast between Dhahran and Kuwait; Pan-American Airways aircraft being used by the United States military in the region, and an agreement that such aircraft should be entitled to the same privileges in using aerodrome facilities as British RAF aircraft; concerns among British officials at Pan-American Airways’ attempts to further their commercial interests in the Gulf during the war. A final item of correspondence in the file, dating from 1950, concerns a request by the Lebanese authorities to extend an air route to Kuwait.

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1 file (70 folios)

The file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the file (ff 69-70) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover, and terminates at the inside back cover; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-71; these numbers are also written in pencil, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence, but they are not circled.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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