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'File 38/16 Effects of Bahrain-Qatar dispute on P. C. L.' [‎13r] (25/92)

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The record is made up of 1 file (44 folios). It was created in 11 Jan 1944-22 Nov 1948. 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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CONFIDENTIAL
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PETROLEUM CONCESSIONS LTD.
BAHRAIN
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. .
DO/PCN.1/4212
9th May, 1946
My dear Colonel
Many thanks for your letter ao.C/452 dated the 29th of
April 1946 and for the trouble you are taking to help us.
I enclose a copy of a recent letter to Mr. Belgrave, no.DO/PCN. 1/
4194 dated the 18th April 1946, on this question of land acquisition.
Later I had an opportunity of discussing the letter with him and
he very kindly offered to help us if necessary in the Land Registry
Office.
2. We are buying land next to the Cable & Wireless house on the
Juffair Road sufficient for two houses and the transaction is so far
proceeding smoothly. We are paying Rs.1/4/- per square foot. I do
not know what the owner paid but probably this represents a profit
of not less than 200 per cent.
3. 7/e'are still interested in obtaining some u-overnment land if
feasible.
4. In my no.DO/CY. 1/4008 dated the 1st August 1945 (copy attached)
addressed to Mr. Belgrave, of which I think Mr. Pelly had a copy
later, I made it clear (for the information of His Highness) that
our activities in Bahrain combine Petroleum Concessions Limited,
Petroleum Development ( Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ) Limited, Petroleum Development
(Oman & Dhofar) Limited as well as Petroleum Development (Qatar)
Limited, and the new accommodation for which we are planning is
concerned in varying degrees with the needs of all these Companies
during the next few years. As the years go on, Qatar will become
more and more independent of Bahrain particularly when the oil port
is opened on the east coast of Qatar.
Yours sincerely
Ends. 2
Lt.-Col. A.C.Galloway, O.B.E.,
H.B.M*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. ,
Bahrain.

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The file contains correspondence relating to how the dispute between Bahrain and Qatar over Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. has affected the work of Petroleum Concessions Limited. The principle correspondents are: 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; Sir Charles Belgrave, Advisor to the Government of Bahrain; Shaikh Sulman bin Hamad Al Khalifa [Salmān bin Ḥamad Āl Khalīfah], ruler of Bahrain; Shaikh Abdulla bin Qasim Al-Thani [‘Abdullāh bin Qāsim Āl Thānī], ruler of Qatar; and representatives (usually Ernest Vincent Packer) of Petroleum Concessions Limited (hereafter, the company) and its subsidiary, Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited.

The matters covered by the file are mostly founded on the rival historic claims to the old settlement of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. . They are as follows:

  • the need to settle normal relations between the two countries, partly driven by the clarity needed to define oil concessions;
  • the company's attempts to buy land in Manama which lead to conditions imposed by the ruler of Bahrain concerning mosques, tombs and properties in Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. that are claimed by the Āl Khalīfah family;
  • disagreements over the company's use of the port of Sitra in Bahrain, and what they are permitted to import and export;
  • a meeting held between Packer and Shaikh Salmān on 15 February 1947 to settle these issues;
  • incidences of violence and conflict between Bahraini seamen employed by the company and Qatari guards at Zekrit during 1947 and 1948;
  • the refusal by Qatari authorities to allow Shaikh Shafi bin Salim, head of the Bani Hajir tribe, and his four sons to land at Zekrit in July 1948.

Folios 43-45 are internal office notes.

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1 file (44 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover and terminates at the 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 also present in parallel between ff 2-33; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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