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File 2182/1913 Pt 2 'Persian Gulf Situation in El Katr Policy towards Bin Saud' [‎138v] (278/543)

The record is made up of 1 volume (269 folios). It was created in 18 Nov 1913-22 Nov 1916. It was written in English and French. 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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difficulty with Bin Sand, adds that if the necessity arises the Porte will not
fail to avail itself of them. Sir P. Cox, in his “ memorandum, of guidance^,
for Major Trevor at his meeting with Bin Sa ud in December last, observes that
“ it may be taken for granted that the Porte will be anxious to avoid our media
tion if possible and the local state of affairs at the moment leads me to fear
that, notwithstanding Hakki Pasha's apparent readiness frankly to exchange
views at the discussions which have recently taken place in London, the replies
of the Porte to the representations of His Majesty's Government may be
purposely delayed pending the result of the efforts which are being made locally to
effect a settlement with Bin Sa'ud, a settlement which, whatever its exact terms may
be, will certainly be opposed to our interests, and fatal to the future peace and
j prosperity of certain regions adjoining 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. .
Translation of a letter from Abd-ul-Aziz Bin Sa’ud to Saiyid Talib of Basrah,
After compliments,
I was very pleased to receive your letter signifying your devotion to the
Exalted Government (Porte), which devotion I share, as you know, brother, that
I am the first in wishing well to that Government and country. And it is with great
grief that I have to ask you to represent to the persons charged with the business
that although I do not waver in allegiance to Islam or turn from obedience to
the Porte there are things that I cannot do. Please present my good wishes to
Anwar Pasha, the present war minister, and assure him that I also desire the union
of Islam and the binding together of separated hearts, and moreover that I am grate
ful to him for having sent His Excellency Saiyid 'Umar Fauzi Beg for the establish
ment of friendly relations and for the latter having brought a valuable present
in the shape of the noble Koran.
But it is not hidden from you that the affairs of our country at the present
moment are in a very strange condition, of which indeed the description is impossible,
and that I am not responsible for this. If the Government’s intentions are really
to protect the country from various dangers and to gather Islam together in obe
dience to the Khalifate then this can only be done by diplomatic measures followed
*His Ma esty’s Government is meant here. ^ Proclamation, ^ and it IS for the Porte to
accomplish this with those people* whose
good qualities cause the countries of the world to remain in repose, whom we know
and on whom we depend and do not wish to displease by actions contrary to our
promises to them. Please give my respects to Saiyid 'Umar Fauzi Beg and give
assurances of my friendship in all necessary places. And as for the valuable present,
I accept it, and hope you will convey my excuses, and salaam.
G. M. Press, Simla.—No. 0-48 F. £5,-13-4.14, 38— B.A.

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This volume contains part 2 of the subject 'Persia Gulf'. It primarily concerns British policy towards Bin Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] following the latter's occupation of Ottoman-ruled El Hassa [Al Hasa]. Included in the volume are the following:

Correspondents include the following:

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 (269 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.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 271; 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 foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 6-270; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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