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'File 38/16 Effects of Bahrain-Qatar dispute on P. C. L.' [‎17r] (33/92)

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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
BAH R AIN
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/^CQ,. 5/4291
11th June, 1946.
My dear Colonel,
You will probably know that we have permission by the
courtesy of the Bahrain Government to use our Sitra jetty for
our Bahrain-Q,atar launch service. This was granted on the under
standing that Company passengers only would be disembarking there.
A complication is that the Qatar Shaikhs and Saleh al Mana try to
get passages for non-Company Qataris. They are perfectly willing
for us to take the risk of losing this privilege as a result of our
infringement of the conditions. V/e have told them that unless we
get prior permission from you and the Bahrain Government, we cannot
permit passengers to embark at Zekrit for disembarkation at Sitra.
I have told Saleh that he can confirm the position from you if he so
You will understand, of course, that the regulation against
carrying non—Company passengers to Sitra suits us admirably as ve
do not want to start such a traffic, which would soon become a real
nuisance.
This matter has come under notice as a result of a recent
refusal by Dickson to carry a passenger sent him by Saleh, xears
ago we brought over one or two cases of serious illness involving
danger to life and these were reported to 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. before
disembarkation. We do not wish, however, that it shouM be assumed
by Saleh that a plea of illness will ensure a passage, as the
opportunity will be abused. We should prefer to have no fixed
understanding regarding exceptions to the rule.
I am writing this letter so that you will be au fait with the
situation should Saleh approach you in the matter.
Confidential* Yours sincerely,
desires.
Lt.-Col. A.C.Galloway, O.B.E.,
H.B.^'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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