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Coll 6/10(2) 'Saudi-Arabian Affairs: Financial and Internal situation' [‎15r] (29/54)

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The record is made up of 1 file (25 folios). It was created in 23 Apr 1939-11 Jan 1940. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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p.z. 6767 / 39 .
Confidential .
D.O. No. C/604.
The Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. ,
Bahrain, the Jrd October, 1939*
My dear Prior,
Abdur 'Ra hman al Qpsaibi applied for an interviev/ yesterday
saying he had received a certain telegram from Ibn Saud. I sent
word that I was always glad to see him but would he give me some
indication what was in the telegram. The telegram then turned
into a letter and was said to contain instructions to discuss with
me the restrictions on exports from Bahrain in so far as they
affected Saudi Arabia. I then sent word that I regretted I
could not discuss any such matters with Abdur Rahman who was not
an "accredited diplomatic representative" of the King and was well
aware that proper channels exist for such communications.
2. Abdur Rahman then called on Belgrave (whom I had warned).
He said that the King had written a private letter to him saying
that Saudi Arabia and Bahrain were as one and that there
should be no restrictions between them, and so on. The letter
of course was not produced.
3 . It is true that we have restricted exports of essential
articles from Bahrain in order to keep up supplies and to keep
down prices o But no attempt has been or will be made to inter
fere with transhipment or re-export cargoes consigned from
source via Bahrain to Saudi Arabia. Whether the King has been
misinformed and has indeed written to Qosaibi, or whether Qpsaibi
has invented the letter in one of the periodic attempts to
acquire special status in Bahrain remains in doubt. In case it is
the former I am sending a copy of this letter direct to bir Reader
Bullard so that he may know the situation with the least
possible delay. If it is the latter - it is all to the
/good
The Honourable
Major G.G. Prior, C.X.E.,
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 The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ,
Camp, Kuwait.
* sent under Printed Letter No • C /603 dated the
3rd October, 1939•

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This file relates to the finances of the Saudi Arabian Government and to the political situation in Saudi Arabia generally. It consists partly of copies of correspondence between 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 The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. (Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Trenchard Craven William Fowle, succeeded by Major Charles Geoffrey Prior) and the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain (Hugh Weightman), and partly of copies of correspondence received by the Foreign Office from the British Minister at Jedda (Sir Reader William Bullard), which have been forwarded by the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the Under-Secretary of State for India. Matters discussed in the correspondence include changes to the value of the Saudi riyal, Ibn Saud's [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd's] indebtedness to the Qusaibi [Āl Quṣaybī] family, and concerns held both by 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. and by the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. that members of the Qusaibi family could attempt to establish themselves as official representatives of Ibn Saud in Bahrain. The file also includes a short report from the British Minister at Jedda, which discusses the state of affairs in Saudi Arabia generally.

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.

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1 file (25 folios)
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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 for this description commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 27; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is present between ff 1-26 and is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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