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Coll 6/67(2) 'Boundaries of South-Eastern Arabia and Qatar.' [‎46r] (96/734)

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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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in the south-west belonged to Abu Dhabi and could not
under any circumstances be
the more firmly we took our
given to Ibn baud. But
stand in regard to this
northern area the more desirable it seemed that we should be
as generous as possible in the east.
MR. BLAXTLR said that the Colonial Office view was
very similar to that expressed by the Foreign Office and
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. ?. He agreed that we should abandon proposals
for the. creation of a desert zone. The Coloniaj. Office
were mainly concerned with the delineation of the southern
boundary 9 referred to in Aden telegram Ho. 19 (circulated
as Paper Ho. M.B*(0) 182 )9 and shown on the map as a yellow
dotted line. He understood that it was not proposed to
grant any concessions south of this line.
WING GOMMAHDBR PIRIB said that the Air Ministry
were only concerned in this question in so far as it
affected Qatar ? and they had already expressed their
views on this subject to the Foreign Office. He asked
if it was known how far south the authority of Abu
5
Dhabi extended.
Paige 6. Lalttoalte Bait! that the iten was kno#n
vo claia ifej* KhufUi ana Liwah and that he lia not appear
to recognise Saudi authority to the tast oi the green
.iint?...jfe. thougat, however, that the northern limits of
our concession e to Ion daua must run aell tohe south
of any territory unaer the effective jurlsdition oi
t ,e hsikh of hbu Ehahl. on© reason for thiss&s in
order to give the /.ir Force plenty of room in ihicb to
operate between the southern iiaits of any oil
concession which might oe granted in the future hi
a’pu aiabi territory *w the northern bounoury of the
territory of Saudi Arabia".

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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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1 volume (363 folios)
Arrangement

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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