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File 2182/1913 Pt 3 'Persian Gulf Katr Treaty' [‎15r] (38/254)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (122 folios). It was created in 22 Jun 1913-11 Sep 1918. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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Between the British Government and Shaikh Abdullah bin
Jasim bin Thani, Shaikh of Qatar*
Whereas my grandfather', the late Shaikh Mohammed bin thani, signed
an agreement on the 12th September 1868 engaging not to commit any
breach of the Maritime Peace, and whereas these obligations to the British
Government have devolved on me his successor in Qatar.
I, Shaikh Abdullah bin Jasim bin Pbani, Undertake that I will, as do the
friendly Arab Shaikhs of Abu Dhabi, Dibai* Shargah, Ajman, Bas-ul-Rhaima
and Umtn-al-Qawain, co-operate with the High British Government in the
suppression of the slave-trade and piracy and generally in the maintenance
of the Maritime Peace.
To this end, Lieutenant*Colonel Sir Percy CoS, 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 The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , has favoured me with the Treaties and Engagements, entered into
between the Shaikhs abovementioned and the High British Government, and I
hereby declare that I will abide by the spirit and obligations of the aforesaid
Treaties and Engagements.
On the other hand, the British Government undertakes that I and my
subjects and my and their vassals shall receive all the immunities, privileges
and advantages that are conferred on the friendly Shaikhs, their subjects and
their vassals. In token whereof, Sir Percy Cox has affixed his signature with
the date thereof to each and every one of the aforesaid Treaties and Engage
ments in the copy granted to me and I have also affixed my signature and
seal with the date thereof to each and every one of the aforesaid Treaties and
Engagements, in two other printed copies of the same Treaties and Engage
ments, that it may not be hidden.
And in particular, I, Shaikh Abdullah, have further published a proclama
tion, forbidding the import and sale of arms into my territories and port of
Qatar; and in consideration of the undertaking into which I now enter, the
British Government on its part agrees to grant me facilities to purchase and
import, from the Maskat Arms Warehouse or such other place as the British
Government may approve, for my personal use, and for the arming of my
dependents, such arms and ammunition as I may reasonably need and apply
for in such fashion as may be arranged hereafter through 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. ,
Bahrein. I undertake absolutely that arms and ammunition thus supplied to
me shall under no circumstances be re-exported from my territories or sold to
the public, but shall be reserved solely for supplying the needs of my tribes
men and dependents whom I have to arm for the maintenance of order in my
territories and the protection of my Frontiers. In my opinion the amount of
my early requirements will be up to five hundred weapons.
I, Shaikh Abdullah, further undertake that I will not have relations nor
correspond with, nor receive the agent of, any other Power without the consent
of the High British Government; neither will I, without such consent, cede,
to any other Power or its subjects, land either on lease, sale, transfer, gift, or
in any other way Whatsoever.
I also declare that, without the consent of the High British Government,
I will not grant pearl-fishery concessions, or any other monopolies, concessions,
or cable landing rights, to anyone whomsoever.

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This volume contains part 3 of the subject 'Persia Gulf'. It concerns a treaty between Britain and El Katr (also spelled Katar in the file) [Qatar].

In a copy of a telegram to the Secretary of State for India, dated 13 August 1913, the Viceroy of India acknowledges the former's wish to negotiate a treaty as soon as Britain's convention with the Turkish government comes into force [the Anglo-Ottoman Convention of 1913, which was never ratified]. However, the Viceroy suggests that, following the recent death of Shaikh Jasim [Shaikh Jāsim bin Muḥammad Āl Thānī, Ruler of Qatar], any action should be deferred until his successor, Shaikh Abdullah [Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī], has established himself as ruler.

The volume contains the following:

The volume features the following principal correspondents:

The part includes a divider that gives the subject and part number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references contained in the part by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

Extent and format
1 volume (122 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

The subject 2182 (Persia Gulf) consists of 8 volumes: IOR/L/PS/10/384-391. The volumes are divided into 12 parts with part 1 comprising the first volume, part 2 comprising the second volume, part 3 comprising the third volume, parts 4-5 comprising the fourth volume, part 6 comprising the fifth volume, parts 7-8 comprising the sixth volume, parts 9-10 comprising the seventh volume, and parts 11-12 comprising the eighth volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 121; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located at the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the one leading flyleaf.

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