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'File 1/A/38 V Saudi Arabian Frontier Negotiations' [‎81r] (166/510)

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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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3* If Sheikh Hafiz Wahfoa and Mr* Zada had kept as careful a
record as was kept by the Foreign Office of a meeting with
Mr# Rendel at the Foreign Office on the 27th Hovember, 1935,
(Foreign Office despatch ITo* 346, dated the 3rd December, 1935),
any misunderstanding created by Mr# Calvert’s letter of the
previous September would have been cleared up* The first part
of the Foreign Office record reads as follows:*- • .• ;
"On the 27th November, the Saudi Minister, with whom I
had been lunching, raised the question of the south-ear;j?rn
Arabian frontiers with special reference to the Qatar Oil
Concession. I found that Sheikh Hafiz had not clearly
realised the position about the concession and I explained
to him, with the aid of a map produced by Mr*. Zada, that the
concession was for a limited area which was described on
a map attached to the concession, and that although, in one
place, it extended slightly beyond the maximum frontier
claimed by King Abdul Asiz, it did not, in fact, extend to
what we regarded as the frontier between Qatar and Saudi
Arabia. The limit of the concession in fact lay well to
the north of the maximum line which we had been able to
offer to King Abdul Aziz. There mm no question of an
unlimited ’blanket concession’, as in the case of the
Saudi concession to the Standard Oil Company of California,
and in viewof our known views on the frontier question
there could be no question of tne concession extending
over territory the sovereignty over which was in any real
doubt.
"Sheik Hafiz did not dissent from this explanation and
did not pursue the matter further,"
I have, etc,,
R. W. BULLARD#

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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)
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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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