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Coll 6/54 'Saudi-Arabia: Limits of Saudi Arabian territorial waters.' [‎25r] (49/108)

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The record is made up of 1 file (52 folios). It was created in 26 Sep 1932-8 Aug 1935. 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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their higher authority.
_45: Harbour Departments should collect fees
in accordance with the tariff laid down.
46 ; Harbour Departments should carefully and
attentively observe the application of the tariff
in collecting fees.
Marine Patrol
47 : The Karine Patrol is the Department
charged with the control of the coasts of the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the protection of
territorial waters to a distance of four miles and
along the shore to a distance of ten Kilometres and
the seizure of smuggled and prohibited goods.
48; The Marine Patrol is divided up into
three sections:-
First : Central Office at Jedda and its duties
are to appoint and change troops for the posts and
ships and to forward to the Directorate any reports
it receives from the stations under it, as well as
seized smuggled and prohibited goods.
Second : Boats charged with wandering about on the
sea, along the coasts and at anchorages.
Third : Tixed posts in anchorages and harbours.
Their duty is to control the coast and to do in
harbours the work done by the Marine Detachment in
the Directorate.
Article 49 : The duties of the Marine Patrol in ships
and at fixed posts are as follows:-
(a) To protect the Customs line within
territorial waters and the coasts, to patrox north
and south up to the frontiers of neighbouring
countries in a manner to prevent smuggling or
committing j

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This file concerns the delimitation of Saudi Arabia's territorial waters. It documents reservations held by the British regarding the Saudi Government's claim that its territorial waters extend as far as four miles from the shore (as opposed to the three-mile limit favoured by the British). The file largely consists of correspondence regarding this issue, and features the following principal correspondents: His Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires to Jedda (Cecil Gervase Hope Gill, succeeded by Albert Spencer Calvert); His Majesty's Minister at Jedda (Sir Andrew Ryan); the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Saudi Minister for Foreign Affairs [Fayṣal bin ‘Abd al-‘Azīz Āl Sa‘ūd]; officials of the Foreign Office, the Admiralty, and the Board of Trade's Mercantile Marine Department.

Also discussed are Saudi Government regulations on coastguard administration, which concern fishing and shipping rights, measures taken to prevent smuggling, harbour duties, marine patrol, and land patrol. A copy of a translation of these regulations is included in the file (folios 16-41).

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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1 file (52 folios)

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 front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 54; 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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Coll 6/54 'Saudi-Arabia: Limits of Saudi Arabian territorial waters.' [‎25r] (49/108), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2121, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 14 November 2019]

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