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'File 1/A/38 V Saudi Arabian Frontier Negotiations' [‎82r] (168/510)

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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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Enc loiiu^e 1.
Sir. Bullard to the minister for Foreign Affaire > Mecca #
(No. 22).
Jedda, February 3, 1938.
Your Royal Hi^mese,
(After CompllmentB•)
1 have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your Royal
Highness’s letter dated the 19th December last regarding the
boundary between the Saudi Arabian Kingdom and the territories
of the Sheikhs of Qatar and Abu Dhabi. I did not fail to
communicate to my Government the views expressed in that letter
as well as the substance of various conversations which I had
with his Excellency Fuad Bey both before and after the date of
the letter. In the course of the discussion to which your
Royal Highness refers, which I had the pleasure to have with
his Excellency on the 10th December, I learned that His
Majesty’s Government had no cause to believe that the
California Arabian standard Oil Company would take action In
the disputed area, and I conveyed this information to my
Government, who were very glad to receive this assurance* My
Government, however, much regret to learn from your Royal
Highness’s above-mentioned letter that the 8a* di Arabian
Government attribute the failure to reach a settlement to His
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Majesty’a Government. As Mr* Rendel had the honour to joint
out to His Majesty King Abdul Asia in person, my Government
have repeatedly made concessions on this point, whereas the
Saudi Arabian Government have been unwilling to abate their
claim in the least. My Government are obliged to say, though
with the most sincere regret,'that they cannot see how it is
possible for them to make any further concession in regard to
a frontier which they adopted in accordance with history and
the essential needs of the Arab States concerned. They feel
that in bringing the frontier which they are prepared to accept

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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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