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'Confidential 86/14-ii B.47 PETROLEUM CONCESSIONS LTD. BAHRAIN' [‎88r] (182/416)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (203 folios). It was created in 22 Oct 1936-12 May 1938. 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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claims to Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. and the ncre remote possibility 0 f
bis being able to substantiate such claims, it was
unfortunate that this point was overlooked at the time
but overlooked it was, and it remains for us to see
whether the ratification of the Oil Agreement in any
W£y COafflitted His Ma J e sty's Government with regard to
the definition of the area w U nder the rule of the Shaikh
of Qatar." From an examination of Article g of the Qatar
Oil Concession I am inclined to the view that His Majes
ty's Government are in no way committed, for the state
of Qatar is defined as being "the whole area over which
the Shaikh rules and which is marked on the north of
the line drawn on the map attached to this Agreement."
If the Shaikh of Bahrain eventually succeeds in proving
his claim to the area known as Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. then ipso facto
the Shaikh of Qatar cannot^said to rule over that area
and, therefore, that area cannot be considered as part
° f tnt ' State ° f Qatar< However, I do not think it ad
visable to reply to that part of the Company's leUe '
which deals with this point at the moment.
6. The second point raised by the Company, i. e . the
possibility of their emphasising the word "Islands" does
not appear difficult and I can see no harm in their in-
uding^a^formula similar to the one suggested in their
letter under reference but I would suggest that they speci
fically state what is understood by the Bahrain Islands.
They might, for instance, motion "the unallotted portion
of the island of Bahrain and the other Islands constituting
the Bahrain group" and in addition I would prefer to see
a Hat of islands which are said by them and by the Shaikh
to constitute the Bahrain group so that there can be no
question/-
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The volume comprises correspondence between 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. (Trenchard C Fowle, Percy G Loch, Olaf K Caroe, Hugh Weightman), 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 (Percy G Loch, Hugh Weightman, Tom Hickinbotham, John B Howes), the 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. (Maurice J Clauson, Roland T Peel, John C Walton, John P Gibson), the Shaikh of Bahrain (Shaikh Ḥamad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah), the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain (Charles D Belgrave), Petroleum Concessions Limited (John Skliros, Stephen H Longrigg, Frank Holmes, Ernest V Packer) and the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Hamilton R Ballantyne, Edward A Skinner) regarding negotiations for a concession in the unalloted area of Bahrain which would include Bahrain's territorial islands and the Hawar Group of Islands.

The correspondence centres on the Shaikh of Bahrain’s decision to postpone negotiations for one year until May 1938 in order to concentrate on the resolution of his ownership claim to Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. [Az Zubārah] which was being contested by the Shaikh of Qatar (Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī). Later correspondence relates to the Shaikh’s decision to split the unalloted area into two concessions with the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) being granted the remaining area on the main island and some territorial waters including Sitrah Island; and Petroleum Concessions Limited (PCL) being granted the Hawar Group of Islands and a number of other territorial islands and waters along with an allocated site at Muharraq for use in constructing a refinery and storage areas.

Also included is continued discussion around the question of ownership of the Hawar Islands and Fasht Dibal [Fasht ad Dībal]. The 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. concluded that their evidence supported the Shaikh of Bahrain’s claim to the islands and that therefore responsibility for disputing the claim lay with any other potential claimants. The question under discussion however was whether to make the Shaikh of Qatar, as the other potential claimant, aware of their conclusions.Other matters discussed in the volume include:

A series of file notes which were maintained as a record of the correspondence in the volume can be found at folios 193-200.

The correspondence with the Shaikh of Bahrain and various draft concession documents are in English and Arabic.

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1 volume (203 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 205; 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 6-192; these numbers are written in pencil and red crayon, are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. 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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