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Coll 6/54 'Saudi-Arabia: Limits of Saudi Arabian territorial waters.' [‎29r] (57/108)

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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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follows :
(a) to protect the shores within the Customs
line, specially at places where it is suspected
that smuggling is likely to occur, in order to
prevent smuggling and breach of the rules,
(b) to inspect and seize smuggled goods on all
shores on which they patrol v/ithin the Customs line,
(c) to forward all smuggled and prohibited
goods seized to the principal office with a report
on the occurrence,
(d) to seize all goods, cargo and articles and
(detain) passengers entering or leaving points on
the coast where there may be no Customs Department
and to forward the same to the nearest Customs
Department with a report on the occurrence and to
inform the principal office,
(e ) to pursue whosoever dares to smuggle, should
he refuse to stop, and to meet v/hosoever dares to
use (fire) arms in a like manner and to continue
pursuing him within the limits of the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia,
(f) to carefully inspect every thing the patrol
meets in its way and to ask for official papers
which prove that the goods loaded on camels or
other means have been duly passed by Customs
Department, in the event of non-existence of
such official papers with the people concerned to
prove this, and the patrol has ascertained that all
the goods were corning from a city where there was a
Customs Department or a Government office or that
they passed through them, such goods shall be

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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.' [‎29r] (57/108), 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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