Coll 6/67(2) 'Boundaries of South-Eastern Arabia and Qatar.' [26r] (56/734)
The record is made up of 1 volume (363 folios). It was created in 26 Jan 1934-1 May 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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No. E 2489/77/91.
not to any person by name.
“The Under-Secretary of State,”
18th April, 1935.
With reference to the meeting of the Middle East
(Official) Sub-Committee which was held on the 15th April
to discuss the question of the south eastern boundaries of
Saudi Arabia, I am directed by Secretary Sir John Simon to
transmit to you herewith to be laid before Secretary
Sir Samuel Hoare the draft of a telegram to His Majesty’s
Minister at Jedda, containing revised instructions, based
upon the conclusions reached by the Sub-Committee, for his
guidance in negotiation with the Saudi Government.
2. It will be observed that the instructions in the
second sentence of paragraph five of the draft depart
slightly from the conclusion reached at the meeting in
regard to the Northern boundary of the next territorial
concession to be offered to King Ibn Saud. On further
consideration of the matter in the Foreign Office it was
felt that the exact position of Banaiyan, which it is
essential to maintain within the dominions of the Sheikh
of Abu Dhabi, was too uncertain to permit of parallel 23 N.
being safely used to define the limit of the proposed
concession. It appeared preferable to describe the
boundary line as '’running from a point on the green line
”to the south of and distant at least five miles from Banaiyan
’’to the intersection of meridian 52 and parallel 22 o 30 0 ’’,
and Sir John Simon suggests that this definition safeguards
the rights of Abu Dha,bi to Banaiyan, even if the position
of the wells as shown on the map illustrating Mr. Bertram
Thomas’ journey should have to be revised in the light of a
The Under Secretary of State,
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This volume concerns British policy regarding the south-eastern boundaries of Saudi Arabia.
It documents preparations for negotiations with the Saudi Government, and includes interdepartmental discussion regarding the approach that the British Government should take in reaching a settlement with Ibn Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] over the demarcation of the boundaries.
The areas of territory discussed include that which separates Saudi Arabia and the Aden Protectorate in the south, that which extends to the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman in the south-east, and the area extending to the south of Qatar in the east.
Reference is made to the 'blue line' and the 'violet line' – boundary lines that formed part of the Anglo-Ottoman Conventions, concluded in 1913 and 1914 respectively.
The correspondence includes discussion of the following:
- The likely consequences of not settling on defined boundaries.
- The extent of territory that the British should be prepared to include in any concession made to Ibn Saud.
- The legal distinction between personal and territorial sovereignty.
- References made by Fuad Bey Hamza (Deputy Saudi Minister for Foreign Affairs) during conversations with Sir Andrew Ryan (His Majesty's Minister at Jedda), regarding certain assurances made by Sir Henry McMahon to King Hussein of the Hejaz [Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Hāshimī] in 1915, on the subject of Arab independence (a summary of a letter from King Hussein to McMahon, together with a copy of McMahon's reply, is included in the volume).
- Tribal history in Trucial Oman between 1918 and 1934.
- The Koweit [Kuwait] blockade.
- The boundaries of a proposed 'desert zone', roughly following the edge of the sands of the Ruba al Khali and considered by the British as a possible concession but later abandoned.
- Abu Dhabi's claims to Odeid [Al ‘Udayd, Saudi Arabia] and Banaiyan [Bi’r Bunayyān, Saudi Arabia].
The volume features the following principal correspondents: 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 (Percy Gordon Loch); 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. (Lieutenant-Colonel Trenchard Craven William Fowle); His Majesty's Minister at Jedda (Sir Andrew Ryan); the Secretary of State for the Colonies (Philip Cunliffe-Lister); Bernard Rawdon Reilly (Chief Commissioner, Aden, but referred to in the correspondence as Resident); officials of the Foreign Office, the Colonial 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 War Office, the Air Ministry, and the Government of India's Foreign and Political Department.
In addition to correspondence, the volume contains a sketch map and a copy of draft minutes of a meeting of the Committee of Imperial Defence's Standing Official Sub-Committee for Questions Concerning the Middle East, dated 15 April 1935.
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 4).
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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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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 365; 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 also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.
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