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'F-86 File 82/27 - V QATAR OIL' [‎115r] (238/466)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (228 folios). It was created in 19 Jun 1934-21 Jan 1935. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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EASTERN (Arabia).
June 4, 1934.
Section 1,
[E 36S1/279/91] No. j
Sir A. Ryan to Sir John Simon.—(Received June 4 \ T;,,r
(No. 144.) _ ' 7 -“L
„ . HIS Majesty s Minister at Jedda presents his compliments to His Maiestv’s
Principal Secretary of State for ioreign Affairs, and has the honour to transmit
to him copy of a note from the Acting Saudi Minister for Foreign Affairs dated
the 13th May respecting the Qatar boundaries. S aated
Jedda, May 14, 1934.
Enclosure in No. 1.
Acting Saudi Minister for Foreign Affairs to Sir A. Ryan.
Mecca, Muharram 29, 1353 (May 13, 1934).
Your Excellency,
(After Compliments.)
» * HAVE the honour to acknowledge receipt of your Excellency’s note No. 65
of the 28th April 1934 (14th Muharram, 1353), which you addressed to me in
accordance with the instructions of your Government, with its enclosures, the two
Anglo-lurkish conventions concluded on the 29th July, 1913, and the 9th March,
4, legal ding the specification of certain boundaries of areas and territories in
eastern Arabia.
Your Excellency is not aware of the great difference between the position at
the time of the signature of the two conventions mentioned above and the position
which came after and of the great developments which have taken place in Arabia
itself and which led to the alteration of the frontier line laid down in the conven
tion of the 29th July, 1913, between the dominions of His Majesty the King and
Koweit. There is no doubt that the same developments (besides the considerations
of which I had an opportunity of mentioning some to your Excellency during our
ii lendly conversation of Wednesday last, the 3rd May) put the Government of
His Majesty the King in a position of being compelled to state their inability to
consider the frontier line specified in the two above conventions as actually
constituting the correct line of their frontier with the neighbouring territories
in the east and south of Arabia. With this reservation, therefore, they declare
their readiness to (enter into) discussion at any time desired with a view to
defining the frontiers in a manner which shall be in consonance with the actual
conditions and which shall secure for this country and for all the neighbouring
Arab territories the essential interests of each in a practical way.
With highest respects,
A ding Minister for Foreign A ffairs.

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The volume contains correspondence between 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 and 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. at Bushire, the Government of India, 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. in London and Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives in regard to the air reconnaissance of Qatar and the negotiations with ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Sheikh of Qatar, for the oil concession, including arrangements for APOC's Mr Mylles visiting Doha and on the visit of the Sheikh of Qatar to Bahrain, from 14 to 19 October 1934. The volume contains draft agreements and:

  • 'Memorandum respecting the Boundaries in Arabia: Anglo-Turkish Arrangements' (ff. 22-23), with map (f. 24) showing the Anglo-Turkish Conventions lines in the Arabic peninsula;
  • Hand-drawn map showing the itinerary of the Qatar air reconnaissance carried out on 29 June 1934 (folio 34).
  • 'Sketch map of Qatar Peninsula' (folio 218).

There are some letters in Arabic, mainly to and from the local rulers.

Extent and format
1 volume (228 folios)

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 213-219). The file notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with reference numbers in red crayon, which refer back to that correspondence in the volume.

There is also an brief index at the beginning (f. 1A) indicating the main topics covered in the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 230; these numbers are written in pencil 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 35-229; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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