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'File 38/16 Effects of Bahrain-Qatar dispute on P. C. L.' [‎19r] (37/92)

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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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Reference your order this morning. ( l
Haj i Ytfsuf Abdur-Rahman Fakhroo came personally to my
office, because he does not want anyone to know that he has
reported the patter to you even his sons. He says that he
Ccune yesterday to you co report tne following, for your
information only, in case it will come to your notice.
He imported two ,, International' , lorries in transit to
Saudi Arabia, but he kept them in Bahrain for sale to the
public, but no one has come to buy them. it is a system in
Bahrain that if any goods arrived at Bahrain in transit, the
importer has to pay 21 j transhipment duty. As he wants to
dispose of them in Bahrain, Haji Yusuf paid the full duty of
10£- Tbe above two lorries remained unsold for two months.
P.C.L.bought one of them for their work at Qatar, and it has
been shipped to Qatar. The information about the sale and
shipment reached H.H., and he rang up Haji Yusuf's son Ibrahim
asking why the lorry has been sold to P.C.L., and shipped to
Qatar. Haji Yusuf says that he has never ^-thought that H.H.
will not accept the sale of cars to P.C.L. for Qatar. He
s tnau P.C.L. is a Britisn interest, and ne sold tne car to
her. It happened that he visited the Adviser for export of some
old dates, and during the talk, and in a joking way he told the
Adviser ” H.H. is angry with me, because we have sold a lorry
to P.C.L. for Qatar". The Adviser replied him that he received
a letter from H.H.enquiring how the export of the lorry has
been allowed to Qatar for P.C.L. Haji Yusuf says should H.H.
not wanting anything to be sold by the merchants to P.C.L.they
should be informed secretly beforehand, and not after. Haji
Yusuf thinks that the objection for sale to P.C.L., because
the latter has included Zobara area in tn&ir oil agreement.
Haji Yusuf spoke to A.P.A. about dollars for cars, and the
latter promised him when a reply is received from the P.R.

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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)

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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