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‘File 29/21 - III FOOD SUPPLY RICE’ [‎32r] (63/720)

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The record is made up of 1 file (358 folios). It was created in 30 May 1948-26 Sep 1949. 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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Translation of letter dated the 17th Sha f ban, 1367 (23*6«48)
from H.S. the Ruler of Qatar 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. , Bahrain.
After Compliments,
I beg to invite Your Excellency’s attention to a matter
of vitality and essentiality in relation to the pressing need
we face in meeting the food supplies of the company and their
employees. On the llttO'larch, ly48, an application was made
by Qasim and Aodullah Dawish for import of 200 tons of rice
(Belgian Congo rice) from Darus-Balam in Africa. A
recommendation Certificate for that purpose was issued by Your
Excellency on the 11th Tterch, 1948, to the Eastern Bank, Bahrain
This was after Your Excellency had been assured that the rice
was required for the consumption of the Company and their
employees. Out of this, 100 tons did actually arrive in
Bahrsd n by steamer; but on arrival thereof, the Director cf
Customs in Bahrain said tT®. t he would take over half of the
rice. This is as strange as incongruous to the spirit of
justice and to the practice; for this rice was imported as
a special case by the permission of Your Excellency and for a
particnalAr purpose, so the Director of Customs has no right to
take over half of, it being so badly needed and imported as a
s]$ cial case.
In view of the above, we reqie st four Excellency to
extend us your assistance so as to p® vent the rice being
interfered with or any part of it being taken. It is not
within the right of the Director of Customs in Bahrain to seize
any imports allowed as a special case by the permission of
Your Excellency. We therefore reserve to ourselves the right
and protest against the Director of Customs' interference
without right or justification. We request Your Excellency
to consider this natter in accordance with the justice we
feel you are charactised by and to prevent the Director of
Customs from interference. I am sending Your Excellency
a copy of the recommendation Certificate issued to the Eastern
Bank/-

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The file contains correspondence about arrangements for the purchase and shipping of rice imports mainly from African and South American countries, for consumption in Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai, Sharjah and other Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. shaikhdoms, where rice and other cereals continued to be in scarce supply after the Second World War (1939-1945). The file consists mainly of letters from Bahrain and Dubai merchants, or from the Imperial Bank of Iran and the Eastern Bank Limited on their behalf, also from the local manager of the Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited on behalf of oil company personnel, asking 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. , Bahrain to permit them foreign currency exchange facilities for the purchase of rice from Brazil and other non-Sterling countries. Also included in the file are the Political Agent’s responses, including importation recommendation certificates and letters to their banks, approving the release of sterling for the opening of letters of credit and hard currency payments to exporters.

The file also contains the successful bids made to the International Emergency Food Committee (IEFC), Washington by the British Government on behalf of Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai and the other Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. shaikhdoms, for a share in the 1949 Middle East rice allocations. In relation to this matter there is the correspondence of 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. and 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. , Bahrain with the Rulers of Bahrain, Qatar and Dubai and also with British officials at the Ministry of Food and the Foreign Office in London. In this correspondence, they discuss reducing existing wheat quota imports for Bahrain, Qatar and the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. shaikhdoms in favour of increased rice quota imports, the arrangements for the local storage and stock management of the IEFC allocated Egyptian rice by British Ministry of Food officials in Cairo, the appointment of approved purchasing and shipping agents by the Bahrain and Dubai authorities to act for them and for their merchants with regard to orders, payments and deliveries of the IEFC allocated Egyptian quota rice by sea to Bahrain, Qatar and Dubai.

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1 file (358 folios)
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Files papers are arranged more or less chronologically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 360; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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