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'File 39/23 II Negotiations for seabed oil in Bahrain, Trucial Coast and Qatar' [‎3r] (5/138)

The record is made up of 1 file (67 folios). It was created in 8 Jun 1949-5 Dec 1950. 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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POLITICAL AGENCY An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
BAHRAIN,
Dated 11th June, 1949
S.O.No.C/R-^O-
Dear Sir Rupert,
Sir Hugh Weightnan arrived this afternoon
accompanied by Mr, Allen and Sa]eh al Mani* of Qatar.
He informed that he had obtained the attached conditional
concession from the Ruler of Qatar. His efforts in Abu
Dhabi have sc far been unsuccessful.
2 . I have read through the concession and cannot find
anything to which we might have exception. My comments
are as follows:
(a) Article 2 contains a declaration that the
Shaikh regards the sea-bed beyond the three-mile limit
as lying outside his existing concession. It also pro
vides for arbitration under the P.C.L. concession if
necessary.
(b) Article 3 makes clear that the new concession
does not include territorial waters.
(c) Article 10. Sir Hugh Weightman informs me
that in his view the only way in which his Company* s
activities could be harmful to P.C.L. (see paragraph 3 of
Foreign Office telegram No.297 of 21st May) would be if
their installations on the shore interfered with P.C.L*s
welfare. He does not consider that there could be any
possibility of his own Company*s installations interfering
with navigation and in any case he considers that such
interference would be objectionable to His Majesty's
Government also. He has therefore restricted himself to
the provisions of Article 10. You may see him to rephras
this slightly to give the guarantee of non-interference
somewhat wider scope.
(d)
His Excellency Sir Rupert Hay, KCIE, CSI, > ■: ,1 f
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. , 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. ,
BAHRAIN.

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The file contains correspondence, in English and Arabic, between 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, the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Sharjah and local rulers regarding their jurisdiction over the seabed adjacent to their coastline, for the purpose of oil drilling offshore.

The correspondents are:

  • Ruler of Qatar, Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī;
  • Ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Salmān bin Ḥamad Āl Khalīfah;
  • Ruler of Umm-al-Qaiwain [Umm al-Quwain, UAE], Shaikh Ahmad II bin Rashid Al Mu'alla;
  • the brother of the Ruler of Sharjah, Shaikh Muhammad bin Saqr Al Qasimi;
  • Ruler of Ras al Khaimah, Sheikh Saqr bin Moḥammad Al Qasimi;
  • Ruler of Ajman, Shaikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi;
  • Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Shaikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan;
  • Ruler of Dubai, Shaikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Hasher Āl Maktūm.
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1 file (67 folios)
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Foliation: the main foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 69; 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 incomplete foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-68; these numbers are written in a combination of pencil and ink, but are not circled (some are crossed out), and they are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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