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Coll 5/10 ‘Air Route to India: Persia; Arabian Coast Route; Negotiations with Arab Sheikhs’ [‎87r] (184/800)

The record is made up of 1 volume (393 folios). It was created in 25 Jul 1931-25 Sep 1932. 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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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. to
Foreign Secretary to the Government of India,
Foreign and Political Department, and repeated
to Secretary of State for India,
cal Department, and repeated
Dated
Chakla, Henjam Radio, 20th December, 1931.
Received 12.5 p.m„, 20th December, 19r~
12.5 p.m., 20th December, 19r~
Addressed to Foreign and repeated to Government of
India, Secretary of State for India. My telegram T.98,
December 11th. I visited (? Basel-Khaimah^ yesterday and
found that during my absence strong opposition had developed
among leading men to grant of any further air facilities, and
some of them visited ship with brother sheikhs and begged to
be excused from additional responsibilities, also Shihuh had
sent 20 men to (? Raselkhaimah) and threatened to attack the
town if facilities accorded. Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent reported that
Sheikh himself was showing some disposition to come to terms*
but was powerless in these circumstances. It is I think useless
to make further efforts there.
is seriously ill and RoAoF. Doctor, who has examined him n states
that it will be at least fortnight before he is in any way fit to
transact business. Brother of Sheikh informs me (that) ( 2
corrupt groups) Sheikh (? sounded) other members of family and
anticipates that their agreement will ultimately be obtained but
final settlement must await Sheikh’s recovery. In these
circumstances I am returning to Bushire and proceeding with my
programme and will visit Dabai by air or ship in (? fortnight).
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I have therefore come to Dabai. Unfortunately Sheikh
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The volume contains correspondence, memoranda, and minutes related to a proposal to relocate 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. Air Route (linking Europe and India) from Southern Persia to the Arabian Coast. The proposal is related to difficulties between the British and Persian governments over securing an extension of Imperial Airways' concession to operate in Persia. The volume therefore also contains papers related to the progress of negotiations between the British Government and the Government of Persia. However, the majority of the volume relates to the examination of the Arabian Coast option; this includes potential route options, possible sites for facilities, estimates of expenditure, and progress reports on negotiations between the Trucial Shaikhs – primarily at Dubai and Ra's al-Khaymah – and Hugh Vincent Biscoe, 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. .

The volume also contains minutes of the meetings of the Official and Ministerial Sub-Committees of Imperial Defence for the Consideration of Middle Eastern Questions: 2 November 1931 (folios 226-35), 5 November 1931 (folios 217-25), 17 November 1931 (folios 175-82), 17 December 1931 (folios 89-102), and 15 February 1932 (folios 28-31 and folios 22-5). Related notes and memoranda can also be found within the volume.

A number of extracts from reports (dated 24 March, 26 April, and 25 September 1932) from E C Denison and D S McGrath, Commanding HMS Bideford , on trips to the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. can be found on folios 3-9; this includes details relating to the construction of the Sharjah Aerodrome.

The main correspondents are as follows: 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. , the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India, officials of the Admiralty, officials the Air Ministry, officials of the Foreign Office, and 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 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 volume (393 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 395; 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. The foliation sequence does not include the front cover, nor does it include the two leading flyleaves.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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