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Coll 7/32 'Persian Gulf: supply of arms and ammunition to the Shaikh of Qatar' [‎29r] (57/167)

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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GOVERNMENT OF INDIJ\. 1 j g
confidential. Department.
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1937
EXPRESS LETTER (AIR MAIL).
— ' 5 rla Bahrain.
[N B «—This is an ORIGINAL message sent by AIR MAIL whizh provides a means of communication more
expeditious than the ordinary mail and is cheaper than the telegraph. It is intended to be treated,
on receipt, with the same expedition as if it had been tele raphed. To save time and to obviate
formalities it is drafted in the form of a telegram. It is authenticated by the signature of a
responsible officer of the Department.]
No. 177-S of 1957.
Bughire,
Date ° jM> the
5th February
19 3 7-*
From •• 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. , Bushire.
To - Secretary of State for India, London.
Repeated Government of India, New Delhi.
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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. , Bahrain.
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Sufcject ; Arms for $atar.
Reference correspondence ending with your telegram No # 2390
dated the 19th August 19 36#
2. The Shaikh of Q,atar was addressed last August on the lines
of paragraph 3 of your telegram No.2233, dated the 30th July 1936,
without, however, at that stage any reference being made to Artidri
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3 of the Qatar Treaty of 1916. Some delay ensued owing to the
fact that the Shaikh did not make it clear in his communications
whether he was willing or not to purchase rifles and ammunition
of *303 bore, and more recently owing to his preoccupation over
oil matters. It is clear, however, from a recent coranunication, in
which he reiterates his request for an unrestricted permit to
import 500 rifles and 250,000 rounds of ammunition, that the type
of rifle he prefers to import is the German Mauser 7.9 mm.* 3
3. It may be as well to summarise the main points of the
question under consideration. In giving the Shaikh of Qatar
our /
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S. 44.
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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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