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Coll 30/33 'Persian Gulf, Trucial Coast. Policy of H.M.G. List of Trucial Sheikhs' [‎111r] (221/818)

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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(c) Tribesmen of the hinterland owing
allegiance to no Sheikh in
particular.
COLONEL FOWLS maintained that this situation need
never arise since no subject of a foreign power could go
to the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. unless His Majesty's Government
allowed him to do so and that, as regards oil prospectors
etc., His Majesty's Government would take steps to ensure
that any concession 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. went to a British
company.
MR. RENDEL pointed out, however, that a British company
was not always available to compete - particularly in view
of the Oil Agreement of 1928 between the various groups of
the Iraq. Petroleum Company - and that in such circumstances
it might be impossible, even if it were desirable, to keep
foreign enterprise out. Foreign Governments wished to deal
v/ith a responsible authority. Tho was at present that
authority on the n, rucial Coast? Unless His Majesty's
Government were in a position to say that they were ultimately
responsible in all respects, some foreign Power or other might
take matters into its own hands. It was important that these
admittedly hypothetical questions - v/hich might, however, at
any moment become acute - should be faced before the pressure
of foreign enterprise became too great.
COLONEL FOWLS said that, as regards aviation, there was
already machinery for controlling the Dutch and the French
air lines should they decide to use the Arab coast. As
regards foreign air lines, he doubted whether His Majesty's
Government had the means to exclude them.
This drew from AIR VICE-MARSHAL CGUNTNEY the remark that
His Majesty's Government did not wish to exclude them, but
to control the conditions in which they should enter.

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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' [‎111r] (221/818), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3747, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100057172199.0x000016> [accessed 13 December 2019]

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