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Coll 30/33 'Persian Gulf, Trucial Coast. Policy of H.M.G. List of Trucial Sheikhs' [‎108r] (215/818)

The record is made up of 1 file (407 folios). It was created in 27 May 1929-8 Aug 1939. 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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measures had
the R.A.F. petrol store. In that case*
successfully been taken (viz. , a threat to immobilise the
Abu Dhabi pearling fleet) which were designed to aftect
the people of Abu Dh&oi ^ as well as th'-ir sheikh,
internal interference had been necessary ? and the ohei^Ji 5
having given his signature to the agreement by v/hich he had
allowed the petrol store* had simply been told that he must
give effect to it.
MR. IkNDhL suggested that it might be convenient if
he spoke before the discussion progressed any further since
from the Foreign office point of view there would be advan
tages in framing trio Question raised by the >iir luinis uiy
in even wider terms than the Air Ministry had employed.
While many of the principles enunciated in Lord Gurzon o
speech of 1£03 might still be applicable, it seemed
essential to recognise that the general situation in tne
Gulf, particularly from the international point of view,
had been completely and fundamentally revolutionised by
post-war developments. Lord Curzon’s speech had been
made at a time when 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. had been virtually
a British lake, under unchallenged British control ana cut
off by almost impassable do sorts fr^m the North and West <,
The Ottoman Empire had proved no serious menace to this
position. Theoo was no aviation, tnere was no oil, and
there was little foreign trade. As a result, tne limits
of His Majesty’s Government’s action had been set solely
by themselves. To-day 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. was one of the
world’s highways, bordered by strongly nationalist States,
whose interest in the Gulf was real and active, and the
discovery of oil had led other foreign Powers to take an
increasing interest in Gulf affairs. In his view, the
time had cone, or was at least rapidly approaching, when
his Majesty’s Government would no longer be able to maintain

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This file contains correspondence between British officials regarding British Government policy on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. . Specifically, this includes discussions concerning the possibility of appointing an Assistant 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. to the region, incorporating it into civil air routes and whether or not Britain should take more formal control of the area. The correspondence is primarily between officials at the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in Bushire, the External Affairs Department of 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. , the Air Ministry and the Foreign Office.

In addition to correspondence, the file also contains the following:

The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the front of the correspondence.

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1 file (407 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 409; 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 1-382; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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Coll 30/33 'Persian Gulf, Trucial Coast. Policy of H.M.G. List of Trucial Sheikhs' [‎108r] (215/818), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3747, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100057172199.0x000010> [accessed 14 December 2019]

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