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'File 1/A/38 V Saudi Arabian Frontier Negotiations' [‎75r] (154/510)

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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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Fuad Bey said tiiat tue King was hurt because our action suggested
tn&t we did not trust him to do what was right. 1 said tnat tnere
wa.s no question of distrust, tfor did nis Majesty's Government
arrogate to tuemseives t^e right, as jH’uaa Bey seemed to tninu
tney aid, to give instructions to a foreign company operating in
Saudi territory. All over tne world tnere was^competit ion
between British and American oil companies, and it was natural
that information should be given tnem in such cases as tn&t of
tne Qatar frontier. Fuad Bey said tn&t t.ue Saudi Government
considered tnat tne frontier question was between Governments.
They could not object to our keeping in touch with the united
States Government on tne matter, if we wished to do so, but tney
did object to our speaking to the company and tnereoy, as they
considered, interfering in a matter which lay between t^era and
tne Company, and tney would make a protest in writing.
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3. By way of showing tne friendly attitude of tne Saudi
Government Fuad Bey said tnat tne prospecting party n&d entered
the disputed zone but were given orders to witndr&w on receipt
of my note of December 4th. fnis is at variance with what Mr.
Lenaham said, ana I am inclined to disbelieve it.
4. Enclosed is a translation of a written protest datea
January lOtn but received on January 1/Vh. i am telling Fuad Bey
tnat tne letter is being forwarded to nis Majesty's Government
and pointing out tnat tuere is no question of our having discussed
tne frontier question with tne Company, who were merely kept
informed of the situation. 5
5. Mr. Lenanam professed great regret at having raised tnis
issue by mentioning the matter to Fuad Bey, and excused himself on
the ground tnat ne had not understood tnat 1 was speaking to nim
coniidentially• mt. Lenaham is not intelligent and not always
sober, and his excuse may oe genuine. On tne otner Fuad Bey

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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)

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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