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Coll 7/32 'Persian Gulf: supply of arms and ammunition to the Shaikh of Qatar' [‎18r] (35/167)

The record is made up of 1 file (82 folios). It was created in 9 May 1935-28 Aug 1939. 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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*£«•. WR.
2 AUG 1938
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The War Office,
Whitehall,
S.W.l,
August,
1938.
Supply of* rifles and ammunition to Qatar.
Reference your letter to Cawthom, P.Z. 4676/38 dated
6th July, 1938 and our telephone conversation on Saturday
the 30th July.
The following extract from a letter from Messrs. B.S.A.
Guns Ltd. indicates that a "No objection" certificate of
later date than the one quoted by 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. to
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. in tSe* Express letter No. 1160/9/17 dated
the 2ist June, 1938, has now been issued by the Political
Agents in Bahrain to cover the purchase by Qatar of 225,000
rounds of .303 ammunition instead of 22500,
" We have now received the order for the rifles and
225,000 rounds of ammunition. In view of the second para
graph of your letter we are holding up acceptance of the
order for ammunition until we hear from you that we may
accept the order. In this connection we have before us the
"No objection Certificate", issued by the Political Agents,
Bahrain, on behalf of 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. This Certificate is No. C/403 and dated the 20th
June, 1938, and specifically mentions 225,000 Rounds of .303
ammunition.
In view of the above perhaps you will kindly agree
to the supply of 225,000 rounds and we shall be glad to hear
from you on this point quickly to enable us to finally accept
the order. "
You agreed that under the circumstances there WDuld be
no objection from your point of view to Messrs. B.S.'A.
accepting this order. The firm are being informed accord-
J P Gibsor^fisqr^^ are a ' 1 * so ^ e ^* n S told to produce the "No objection"
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. .

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Correspondence regarding requests from the Shaikh of Qatar ('Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī) to import arms and ammunition, under the terms of his 1916 treaty with Britain.

The correspondence documents attempts to convince the Shaikh to purchase British-manufactured arms and ammunition, on the grounds that, should an emergency situation arise, the Government of India would be in a better position to fulfil Qatari demands for ammunition and spare parts. The correspondence also discusses British concerns that the Shaikh intended to sell the imported arms, that arming Qatar would lead to tensions with Ibn Sa'ūd, and that Germany could increase their commercial and political influence in the region if the Shaikh equipped his army with German munitions. The file also includes a small quantity of correspondence with BSA Guns Limited, regarding orders for arms and ammunition and applications for the requisite export licences.

The primary correspondents are 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. Political Department, the Government of India Foreign and Political Department, 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. , 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 Air Officer Commanding British Forces in Iraq.

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the end of the correspondence (folio 2).

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1 file (82 folios)
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The papers are arranged in rough chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 83; 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 external leather cover wraps around the documents; the inside front cover has been foliated as f 1.

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