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'File 1/A/38 V Saudi Arabian Frontier Negotiations' [‎100r] (204/510)

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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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Note by Sir Trencliard Fowl©
dated 16th April, 1938.
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(a) Paragraph 2 of Inal a Office telegram No.561 of
\ } 22nd March.
I am sorry that is is quite impossible for me to give any
figure, even a tentative one. All I can say is that
judging from the Sheikh’s demands of Petroleum Concessions
Limit-ed in the matter of the oil concession, this figure
would be a fairly large one.
(b) Paragraph 3 of same telegram.
I do not think that there will be quite the same objections
against using the arguments suggested as against offering
a monetary compensation, but the Sheikh (of Abu Dhabi),
being an Arab would probably get the (erroneous) impression
that in trying to persuade him to surrender part of his
territory to Ibn Saud (1) we were frightened of the latter,
and (2) we were trying to placate the latter at his, the
Sheikh’s, expense. These impressions of the Sheikh would
undoubtedly get about in Abu Dhabi and the rest of the
Arab coast, and would, of course, do us no good. I have
already reported (vide paragraph 9 of my Express Letter
, <P. 'Ar.-fiCS.
No.C-71 of 16th February) that there are disquieting
symptoms among the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. Sheikhs and their people
that they think the wishes of His Majesty’s Government
can be disregarded more or less with impunity.
(c) Paragraph 4 of the same telegram.
The possibility of giving a guarantee of protection to the
Sheikh would depend, it seems to me, on our power to
implement the guarantee, which again depends on the views
of the Service Departments, particularly the H.A.k. I
think it extremely likely that in the event of a definite
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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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