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Coll 7/32 'Persian Gulf: supply of arms and ammunition to the Shaikh of Qatar' [‎35r] (69/167)

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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FILE COPY
CWP/MA..
SECRET
. ®
20 AUG 195b
OF T E L E G R A M.
3476,
From
{COPIES
CIRCULATED)
Government of India* Foreign and
Political Department* to
Secretary of State for India*
Dated Simla, 1st August, 1936c
Received 1st August, 1936, 10 p<»nio
XXX
17.39° Addressed to Secretary of Swot#®*
repeated to Bu^hire- Your telegram No* 20-3,
goth Julyo Arms for Qatarc We agree that further
effort should first be made persuade Sheikh on lines
of communication which you propose., Should he remain
recalcitrant, we consider that the Resident would be
justified in applying stronger pressure* particularly in
^irtue of Article 3 of Qatar Treaty, As suggested in
Kickinbot c.rt's letter dated SSrd.^May* Sheikh's attitude
may be due to desire to Resuscitate German rifles which
would be definite breach of his treaty obligations*
Ii any prooi of this is forthcoming, we suggest *.ar: ilssio-i
should be refused except for British rifles from British
source for which there is, according to the Sheikh* no
Arab market*

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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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