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'File 39/23 II Negotiations for seabed oil in Bahrain, Trucial Coast and Qatar' [‎53r] (105/138)

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. ,
15th October 1949.
Your letter C/Q 74 of 5th October.
• j ■ ibsye discussed the question of peerlinp
^ ersi 2 n iftf.ters with a number of pesrl merchents,
116 v srifi ? h ’ S£iih and the Sheikh, eni
+ h}+ 1 i'®' 3 + f 16 us net contradictory replies. Some say
ttict m the past metan boats have worked in Persian
waters just as Persian, Ealiraini, Kuwaiti or any
other boats have worked in Qatari waters if there
were reports of good pearling there, and that there
thf frefnasnnry in this respect. Salih and
the oheikh say ttiat Qataris never fished in Persian
voters, and produce a wealth of corroborative detail
about technical differences in method, the relative
merits of the banks etc.
, ,. 1 All x ar 1 e however agreed that in recent year;
no Qatari boats have crossed to the Persian side, as
ttie state of the industry has not enabled it to sup
port such ventures, fortunately catches have been
fairly good from the easily-worked local banks, and
the tew small craft^involved have gone no furtner.
hxs year the Qatari fleet is mainly concentrated a
lew miles ofi Umm Sa id, and the few r who have gone
further afield are still within the Halool-Das line
vo i
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19 OC T ^
H.G. Jskins Esq.,
hi. M. Political "Agent,

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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)

The documents in the file are arranged in chronological order.

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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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