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'11/5 Negotiations with Ibn Saud regarding Boundaries of Saudi Arabia' [‎36r] (71/430)

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The record is made up of 1 file (212 folios). It was created in Mar 1944-4 Sep 1949. It was written in English. 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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Rtceived under 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. P.L # No.Ext.6639/45 dated
27th December 1945.
Copy
(B 9388/2345/91)
Petroleum Conceaeiona Limited,
Ling House,
Dominion Street,
E • C. 2 •
3Gth November, 1945*
Sir,
You are aware that this Company, and certain of
its subsidiaries, hold Concessions from the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates.
Rulers, the Rulers of ^atar, and the Sultan of Muscat and
Oman. The hinterland frontiers of these territories have,
as you know, never been demarked, either upon the ground
or by any valid international agreement. It is, at the
same time, a matter of considerable interest to this
Company to know, even approximately, the inland boundary
of the territory \ihich it holds under Concession. Such
boundary would, of course, be the frontier as between the
territories held on the one hand and the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia on the other.
/
The Company is aware, to some extent, of the his
tory of successive attempts to agree a frontier with His
Majesty King Ibn Baud, from the days of the •1914 line * 4
onwards. The purpose of this letter is t o ask whether you
are in a position to assist the Company by information on
the matter? The inland boundary of the Company # s Con
cession, from the base of the qatar peninsula to the
frontiers of the Aden Protectorate would, wherever they are
situated, be also those of territory held under Concession
by the Standard Oil Company of California, according to
its agreements with the Saudi Government of 1933/39.
We have the honour to be. Sir,
Your obedient Servants,
for PETROLEUM CONCSSSIONS, LTD.,
Sgd. Stephen H.Longrigg.
The Uhder-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs,
Foreign Office, Whitehall, S.W.l.
Bxt.6639/45
SECRET . 27th December, 1945.
Dear Burnett,
Would you please^refer to Caroe »s telegram No.
4618 of 22 nd May, 1945, on the subject of the south-eastern
frontiers of Saudi Arabia, t \Q
You will have seen from Grafftey-Smith f e letter
to Baxter of 8 th July^that he took a pessimistic view of
the possibility of coming to any acceptable arrangement
with Ibn Baud •
I now enclose a copy of a letter from Petroleum
Dated Soth Novemter ) Conce&Lions Ltd., to the Foreign Office
from iftilch you will see that they have enquired Aether
H.M.G. can give them any information as to the exact
location of the frontiers. There is of course nothing
definite that they can be told at present, and I understand
that the Foreign Office are proposing to reply to the
Company accordingly. But if the Government of India or
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. have any further comments on this
question and in particular on Grafftey-Smith*s letter of
8 th July we should be interested to receive them.
I am sending a copy of this letter to Prior.
Yours sincerely,
Sgd. B.P.DONAIDSQN.
Lt.-Col. R.R.Burnett etc. etc.

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The file comprises correspondence, memoranda, maps, and other papers relating to questions over the position of Saudi Arabia’s south-eastern frontier adjoining 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, notably Abu Dhabi. Negotiations over the frontier had long been deferred by British Government officials, as a result of the Ruler of Saudi Arabia ‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd’s [Ibn Saud] firm stance in negotiations before the Second World War. However, the need for a resolution became increasingly apparent as a result of ongoing oil exploration in Saudi Arabia by the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco), and exploration in Qatar and Abu Dhabi by Petroleum Concessions Limited (PCL). The principal correspondents in the file include: representatives of 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. , Foreign Office, Ministry of Fuel and Power; the British Legation at Jedda; 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; and 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. .

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  • correspondence, dating from 1944 and 1945, between British Government officials 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. , 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. and Foreign Office, discussing the previous difficulties encountered in negotiating Saudi Arabia’s south-eastern frontiers with Ibn Saud, and the agreement that further negotiations be left until after the event of Ibn Saud’s death (ff 2-29);
  • correspondence from late 1945 through 1947, between Government officials on the possible establishment of a neutral zone between Aramco’s concession area in Saudi Arabia, and PCL’s concession area in Qatar. Also, there is some discussion of Aramco’s proposals to begin seabed exploration off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia (ff 36-59);
  • PCL’s request for permission to conduct seismic surveys at the southernmost limit of their concession area in Qatar (ff 76-95);
  • reports of Aramco survey parties making incursions into PCL’s concession areas in Qatar and Abu Dhabi (ff 104-127);
  • Government criticism of PCL’s delay in exploiting its concession areas in Qatar and Abu Dhabi (f 133);
  • preparations in August 1949 for the reopening of frontier negotiations with the Saudi Government in Jedda. Papers include: a copy of a confidential memorandum with map, dated 2 February 1948, on the south-eastern frontier of Saudi Arabia, prepared by J E Cable of the Eastern Department of the Foreign Office (ff 164-169; copy also at ff 87-91); three further confidential memoranda with maps, prepared by the Eastern Department in 1940, outlining past and present negotiations on the position of the south-eastern frontiers of Saudi Arabia (ff 170-180, ff 181-185, ff 186-188); proposals to send representatives from Qatar and Abu Dhabi to the Jedda negotiations (ff 190-203).
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1 file (212 folios)
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The file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the file (ff 204-212) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover and terminates at the inside 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. This file has the following foliation anomaly: 111A. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 4-203; these numbers are also written in pencil, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence, but they are not circled. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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