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‘File 29/21 - III FOOD SUPPLY RICE’ [‎61r] (121/720)

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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 23rd Shawwal, 1367 (28.8.48) from
His Excellency 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.
a vial matter - a matter of utmost importance to us in view of the
difficulty we experience in the matter of procuring foodstuffs for
the country as well as for the company operating here and its
employees. We made arrangements to import foodstuffs from remote
countries bearing all the trouble and incurring all the expenses ,
indifferently - all because of our need for these food supplies
in order to meet the requirements of the company and its employees.
imported to Qatar via Bahrain and thanked Your Excellency for your
glorifying attitude. As we required large quantities of foodstuffs
to meet the demands of the company and the public, we arranged
for further quantities of rice and thus we purchased 600 tons from
abroad at high prices which we accepted under pressure of necessity
These we'purchased from Holland. 4000 bags of rice were shipped
from Rotterdam in the name of Qatar on a ship destined for Dubai
from where we arranged for them to be transported from shipside
to Qatar by boats. But to our astonishment, we knew that 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. Agent, Sharjah, interfered with the rice without good
reason and issued orders impounding half of the quantity, without
we knew the reasons which actuated him to interfere and impound
the rice which was shipped from Holland to Qatar: hhile on the
other hand he neglects the question of the baots and the launches
that have been and are still coming from Dubai laden with grains
and provisions for Saddi Arabia which pass through Qatar en route
to Dhahran. We say this with confidence as the last consignment
which arrived from Dubai was consisting of 380 bags of wheat
shipped from Dubai on board the launch of Obaid bin Thani. She
passed through Qatar on the 8th Shawwal, 1367 (13.8.48) on her
w ay to Khubar, the Nakhuda The (usually Arab) captain or master of a local boat. being Sultan bin Abdullah Al-Ajmani.
Before this there were many other launches.
Do you not believe with me, 0 Your Excellency, that it is
surprising enough that the shipment of such foodstuffs from Dubai
should be overlooked and that the rice which belongs to Qatar and
which was exported from Holand for urgent requirement! should be
impounded.
consigned for Qatar by sea route is not within the right of anyone
to impound, especially when it is done so for the sane of a country
from which foodstuffs" export to Saudi Arabia.
I, therefore, request Your Excellency to think over .this
matter and instruct 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. Agent not to interfere with this
rice and to permit the agent there (Shaikh’s agent) to ship it to
Qatar. It is my hope that Your Excellency by your wide comprehen
sion will appreciate pur difficulty in importing this rice and
will look at the situation relating to. our demands. We are
confident that Your Excellency will realise our conditions and that
by your far-sightedness you will percieve that the impounding of
this rice without good reason is a matter which justice does not
warrant and which does not agree with the principle of humanity.
shall remain thankful. We always appreciate Your Excellency's
attitude in all matters.
After Compliments,
i I write this letter to draw Your Excellency's attention to
A few weeks ago we wrote to Your Excellency about the rice
I wonder at such interference and behaviour. Anything
I hope for Your Excellency's assistance - for which I
Usual Ending.

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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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