Coll 6/67(6) 'Boundaries of South-Eastern Arabia and Qatar: Trucial Coast Oil Concessions' [47v] (101/402)
The record is made up of 1 file (195 folios). It was created in 30 Jun 1940-30 Mar 1948. 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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Kh©i-el-Odel& and the Jebel Hakhah although he
might he wil lag to accept the Yellow Line over
the rest of its course. The first atgenpt to
hresik. this decid^loclc night he to oifer hin dn
exchange the extra strip of territor:/ in the
south, provided K.M.O. are" still prepared to
offer the cession of this territory a point on
which are ere consulting the Colonial Office*
If this is unsuccessful we might proceed to
separate the question of the Khor-el-Odeid from
that of the Jebel Hakhsh and offer the southern
strip and a counterpart to the Khor-el-Odeid
slone. The strip in the south may only he
dessrt hut potentially oil-hen ring lihe the
rest of the desert. Concurrently we might seek-
some special arrangement in respect of the Jehel
N&khsh. Here various solutions will have to he
(1) It was suggested in 195® that in
respect of the Jehel Ifckhsh area .Petrol cub
oncesair ns and Arahian—ainerican Oil. Co.'ipaiiy
should reach an agreement for joint working and
should pjs&vide royalty payments between the
Sheikh of Qatar and Xhn Baud. At the time this
s^aggestion was rejected with some vigour hy
Potroloum Concessions Limited. A nod Ihle variant
of this Idea which occurs to us is that a
joint zone should he created hut that the
contribution should not come only froia our side.
That is to say Qatar and Petroleum Concessions
I would contribute the Jehel Hakhsh area while
Ibn Saud and the Arabian-Arnerican Oil Company
would contribute an equal adjacent area s nth
of the Conceosion Line.
(2) Another possibility 1. t the Jebel
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This volume concerns British policy regarding the south-eastern boundaries of Saudi Arabia, specifically its border with Qatar.
The correspondence and memoranda near the beginning of the volume discuss from a British perspective the origins and recent history of the boundary dispute, which is described as having been in abeyance since 1938; much of the later correspondence is concerned with whether the British should make renewed attempts to reach an agreement with Ibn Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] .
References are made to various existing and proposed boundary lines, the most recent of the latter is the 'Riyadh line' (the name given to the boundary proposed by the British to the Saudi Government in November 1935, referred to elsewhere as the 'final offer').
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. (Charles Geoffrey Prior, succeeded by William Rupert Hay); 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. , Bahrain (Reginald George Alban, Edward Birkbeck Wakefield, and Cornelius James Pelly); His Majesty's Minister at Jedda (Stanley R Jordan, succeeded by Laurence Barton Grafftey-Smith); officials of the Foreign Office, 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 Government of India's External Affairs Department, and the Ministry of Fuel and Power (Petroleum Division); representatives of the United States' State Department, Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited, Petroleum Concessions Limited, and the Iraq Petroleum Company respectively.
Related matters of discussion include:
- Ibn Saud's claims regarding the south-eastern frontiers of Saudi Arabia, particularly those relating to Jebel Nakhsh [Khashm an Nakhsh, Qatar] and Khor-el-Odeid [Khawr al ‘Udayd, Qatar].
- Reports in 1941 of a rumour that the Shaikh of Qatar [Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī] and Ibn Saud have reached an agreement regarding the Saudi-Qatar boundary.
- The likelihood of oil prospecting either near or within the disputed territory, and its implications for the territorial dispute.
- British concerns in 1947 regarding the possibility of the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco) initiating drilling operations in the seabed near to the disputed territory.
- The precise location of proposed drillings by Petroleum Concessions Limited in the Qatar Peninsula.
- A reported complaint in 1947 from the Shaikh of Abu Dhabi [Shaikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan] that Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited has laid buoys in his territorial waters.
- Whether the British should permit or impede a proposed survey in Qatar by Petroleum Concessions Limited, which is thought likely to provoke protests from Ibn Saud.
Also included are three maps depicting the eastern and south eastern parts of the Arabian Peninsula.
The volume includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the volume 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 volume.
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Pagination: the volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.
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