Coll 6/64 'South-Eastern Boundaries in [Arabia] – Anglo-Turkish Convention of 1913. Attitude of U.S.A.' [33r] (65/183)
The record is made up of 1 file (90 folios). It was created in 29 Jul 1913-27 Jul 1934. It was written in English, French and Arabic. 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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Saudi Ara'bia. It appears to Sir John Simon that if His
Majesty's Government were to refrain from assisting the
United States Government in their present enquiry by drawing
their attention to these texts, the United States Government
might well obtain misleading information on the subject either
from the Turkish Government or from King Ibn Baud, or might
imagine that the situation in this part of Arabia is completely
fluid and undefined* In this event it might well happen
that the aircraft which the California Arabian Standard Oil
Company are employing for their survey of the Hasa oil
concession might embark on extensive survey operations in the
hinterland of Qatar, possibly penetrating even as far as the
coast to the south-east of Qatar, without its being realised
by the United States Government or the Company that in doing
so they were going beyond what His Majesty's Government regard
as the limit of Ibn Saud's dominions; and this aerial
reconnaissance might easily be followed by experimental
operations on the part of the company in the area west of the
1913 line. It is by no means certain that His Majesty's
Government would be informed of such operations in time to
3. If on the other hand His Majesty's Government communicate
to the United states Government forthwith, through .the United
States Embassy in Angora, the Anglo-Turkish Convention of 1914,
which contains a precise definition of the frontier in this
area, the United States Government will have no excuse for
not warning the company of the views held by His Majesty's
Government; and since there is no reason to believe that they
desire another dispute with His Majesty’s Government in this
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This file relates to boundaries in eastern Arabia (specifically Saudi Arabia and Qatar). It concerns British policy regarding what is referred to as the 'blue line' (the frontier which marked the Ottoman Government's renunciation of its claims to Bahrain and Qatar, as laid down in the non-ratified Anglo-Ottoman Convention of 1913 and redefined and adopted in the Anglo-Ottoman Convention of the following year).
Much of the correspondence relates to a request for a copy of the 1913 Anglo-Ottoman Convention, which was submitted by the United States Embassy in Angora [Ankara] to its British counterpart (reportedly on behalf of the United States' State Department), as well as to the wider significance of this request in relation to the United States' oil interests in the region.
The correspondence also discusses Foreign Office concerns that aerial survey work carried out by the California Arabian Standard Oil Company (Casoc) in relation to its Hasa oil concession might extend beyond the blue line (subsequent correspondence relays reports of Casoc's aeroplane having crossed the blue line).
Although the date range of the file is 1913-1934 most of the material dates from 1934. In addition to correspondence from 1934, the file includes two letters between officials of the Foreign Office and 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. dating from 1924, and printed copies of the Anglo-Ottoman Conventions of 1913 and 1914 (in English and French), both of which contain enclosed maps (with text in English and Arabic). Also included with the Conventions are printed copies of agreements and treaties between Britain and various Gulf rulers, covering 1820-1904, and printed copies of Anglo-Ottoman protocols, covering 1903-1905.
Notable correspondents include the following: 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. (Lieutenant-Colonel Trenchard Craven William Fowle); the British Ambassador in Angora (Percy Loraine); Hugh Millard, United States Embassy, London; officials of the Foreign Office and 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 file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence (folio 2).
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 91; 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.
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