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‘File 13/28 Sharjah air agreement (aerodrome facilities at Sharjah)’ [‎87r] (173/420)

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The record is made up of 1 file (210 folios). It was created in 15 Jan 1946-5 Dec 1950. 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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Shaikh Sultsn bin Saqr al Qasimi,
Ruler of Sharjah.
Aft r compliments{
With reference to the agreement dated
and signed >y you on the
subject of the use of Sharjah aerodrome by civil
aircraft? I have the honour to inform you that
His Maje ty*s Government in the United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland expect that
military siren ft belonging to or employed in the
service of His felcjesty's Government shell at ell
times as hitherto enjoy priority (when His Majesty’s
Government consider that circumstrnces requite it)
in the use of any aerodrome which may be established
or Maintained in Sharjah for civil aircraft, and of
full facilities, without specific prior permission,
and that use O; such aerodrome shall be accorded
free of charge.
• \
2. In regard to the land on which the Royal
Air Force camp is situated and which is described
on the map enclosed in this letter and which you
gave free for the duration of the recent World War,
His Majesty’s Government will pay you rent for this
land at 600 rupees a month from the date of termi
nation of hostilities with Japan and for so long as
they require the land. His Majesty’s Government
will also pay you for the two he^d guards and 36
guards for the protection of the camp at 40 rupees
a month for each head guard and 20 rupees a month
for each guard plus 16 rupees as a living allowance
for each nan. This cost of living allowance shall be
subject to reduction if the cost of llvin ; falls.
Usual ending

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The file comprises copies of correspondence and other papers relating to the renegotiation of an air agreement with the Sheikh of Sharjah. The principal correspondents in the file are 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 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. , Lieutenant-Colonel William Rupert Hay, 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. at Bahrain, Cornelius James Pelly, and the British Agent (sometimes referred to as the Political Officer) at Sharjah, Patrick Desmond Stobart.

The correspondence documents the protracted negotiations and arrangements for a renewal of the existing Sharjah air agreement, required to replace the existing agreement, which was due to expire on 22 July 1948, and in response to the changing circumstances and requirements at Sharjah, in relation to its civilian and military use in the post-war period. Topics covered by the file include: discussion over the maintenance or disposal of camps and buildings at Sharjah aerodrome; the administration and operation of wireless communications at Bahrain, including their transfer from British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) to International Aeradio Limited; the departure around August 1949 of the Sheikh of Sharjah, Sultan bin Saqr Āl Qāsimī, to Bombay for medical attention, and the transfer of his responsibilities in negotiating the air agreement to his brother, Sheikh Muḥammad bin Saqr Āl Qāsimī; negotiations for the raising of salaries of the aerodrome guards, and disagreement over the payment of duty on aviation fuel at Sharjah; Hay’s recommendation to the Foreign Office in mid-1950, that back payments for the rent of the land for the aerodrome, going back to August 1945, be transferred to Sharjah, partly to enable Sheikh Sultan to pay his medical bills in Bombay, and for Sheikh Muḥammad to pay his tribesmen (the Beni Qitab) their annual allowance; urgent proposals in June 1950 for the extension of the runway at Sharjah by the Royal Air Force.

The file contains several drafts of a new air agreement for Sharjah (ff 9-12, 69-73, 81-86), and maps showing the aerodrome site (ff 3, 4), originally enclosed with a letter from the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. to Pelly, 7 May 1949 (f 104), and which can be read in conjunction with a number list of the aerodrome buildings (ff 15-16).

Correspondence on the Sharjah civil air agreement continues in ‘File 13/3 Sharjah Civil Air Agreement’ (IOR/R/15/2/938-939).

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1 file (210 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 199-209) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover on folio 1 and terminates at the back cover on folio 210; 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 also present in parallel between ff 6-198; these numbers are written in pencil and blue ink, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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