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'File 1/A/38 V Saudi Arabian Frontier Negotiations' [‎87r] (178/510)

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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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Enclosure 5 .
Sir R« Bullard to Fuad Bey Hamza *
Jedda, February 9 t 1938*
My dear Fuad Bey,
In replying to your letter of the 5th February I think
it more useful to confine myself to the meaning of the letter
of Mr* Calvert of the 26th September, 1935, as I tried to do
in our conversation of the 30th January* I am sorry if the
Saudi Arabian Government read the paragraph which you quote In
a different sense from the sense in which it was intended by
His Majesty’s Government* 1 notice that you quote the Arabic
translation which was sent with Mr* Calvert’s letter* You
are aware, however f that the official text of on cormiun.ications
to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is the English, which is
signed by the head of the xjoat: the Arabic translation is sent
for the convenience of the Ministry*
The paragraph to which you refer reads thus:-
f ’The southern limit of the oil concession granted
to the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company by the Sheikh of Qatar
does not extend beyond this 'Green Line’, but lies to
a considerable distance to the north of it. The
concession does not, therefore, extend to any territory
under discussion with the Saudi Government”.
(In the Arabic t anslation which accompanied this
letter this passage was inserted in English*)
This paragraph is comjjosed of two sentences* The
second is merely a corollary of the first, and was based on
repeated assertions by His Majesty’s Government that they were
not prepared to discuss any further abatement of their claims
beyond the Green Line* It is true that His Majesty’s
Gover ment subsequently found t nemo elves able to propose the
line which was ] ut forward by Sir Andrew Ryan at Riyadh, but
that/

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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).

Physical characteristics

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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