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'File 1/A/38 V Saudi Arabian Frontier Negotiations' [‎64r] (132/510)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (250 folios). It was created in 30 Dec 1937-18 Apr 1942. 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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i.2.1267/38
v
( .577/150/91).
FOHEIGi. OFFICE, S.S.l.
10th February, 1938.
Dear Gibson,
In reply to your letter P.£.567/38 of the 31st
January about the south-eastern boundaries of Saudi Arabia,
I write to explain that the paragraph in our telegram to
Bullard which you mention referred to a personal enquiry
addressed to the Chairman of the Iraqi iotroleum Company.
The enquiry was whether in the Chairman’s persDnal opinion
it would be possible, so far as the Company’s own interests
were concerned, for the Company to reach an agreement with
the American company which holds the concession for eastern
Saudi Arabia, whereby the two companies would dispose of
the profits, if any, from the exploitation of the Jebel
lakhsh area in such a manner as to render possible, merely
so far as concerned the Company*s own interests, a change
in the Qatar frontier.
The answer now received is that no such arrangement
is possible. In any case there would have been no question
of talcing .the matter up with the Company with a view to
positive action on their part, far less of taking it up
with the Sheikh of uatar, without the concurrence of 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. .
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Yours ever,
(Sgd*; Lacy Baggallay.

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The volume concerns negotiations between the British and Saudi Arabian governments over the question of how to settle the eastern frontier of Saudi Arabia.

The principal correspondents are: HM Minister, Jedda (principally Sir Reader William Bullard); 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. (principally Lieutenant-Colonel Trenchard Craven William Fowle); officials of 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. , the Government of India, and the Foreign Office; and the Saudi Arabian Minister for Foreign Affairs (Amir Faisal [Fayṣal bin ‘Abd al-‘Azīz Āl Sa‘ūd]).

The papers cover: the attitude of Ibn Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] to the frontier question; the boundary with Qatar; the boundary with Abu Dhabi; the British maintenance of the Blue Line as the frontier; the activities of the California Arabian Standard Oil Company (CASOC) in the area, including allegations of encroachment by the company to the east of the Blue Line (folios 104-105); the status of Khor al Odeid and Jabal Naksh, and their possible cession to Saudi Arabia; the effect on negotiations of British policy in Palestine; and the activities of Petroleum Concessions Limited, including the need to guard against encroachment upon the southern boundary of the company's concession (folio 229).

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1 volume (250 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in chronological order from the front to the back of the file, except where enclosures of an earlier date are filed after their relevant covering letter, and terminate in a set of notes (folios 237-249).

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 252; 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 also present in parallel between ff 10-252; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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