'File 1/A/38 V Saudi Arabian Frontier Negotiations' [98r] (200/510)
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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British influence among the local Shaikhs. In Lord
Zetland's view the cession of territory on the Trucial
Coast to Ibn Sand - territory to which, it must be
emphasised, he has no historical claim - would not fail
to enhance his prestige, at the expense of that of His
Majesty's Government, among the Trucial Sheikhs, quite
apart from the pe rmanent opportunity it would give for the
active extension of Saudi influence among them. Moreover,
as the Resident ana the Government of India have pointed
out, even if the Sheikh's consent were refused, the attempt
to secure it, particularly if accompanied by some financial
inducement, might easily create the Impression that His
Majesty's Go ve r nine nr were anxious through fear of Ibn
Saud to yield to his demanus. Such an impression would
be specially unfortunate at the present time when the
Sheikhs are in a difficult mood and show signs of thinking
that His Majesty's Government's wishes can be disregarded
7. While Lord Zetland regrets that it has so far
proved impossible to reach agreement with Ibn Saud on the
question of the frontier re sees no au.vantcigo, —O* tiio
reasons given above, in attempting to reach a settlemeno ac
the expense of one of the Rulers unuer His Majesty's
Government's protection, ana he trusts that the propose.!
will not be pressed. In His Lordship’s view the utmost
possible concessions in regard to this frontier na^e
already been offered to the claims of Ibn Saud, and he
suggests that in the circumstances Iiis Majesty's
Government should continue to take their stand on ohe
offer that has been repeatedly described as iinal.
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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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