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Coll 30/33 'Persian Gulf, Trucial Coast. Policy of H.M.G. List of Trucial Sheikhs' [‎112r] (223/818)

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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.mining do zne question of oil development, COLONEL FOWLE
gave it as his view that, if American engineers were killed
^n tn^. iiucicil, and the United States Government
appealed to His Majesty's Government to take action, the
rigiii. course would he to make the nearest Sheikh responsible
and inform him that he must pay appropriate compensation,
failing which his town would be bombarded by sea or bombed
from the air.
He quoted a recent case in which a dhow had been looted
by natives at Debai. There, by making the Sheikh responsible
the matter had been successfully liquidated and no inter
ven'don had been necessary. The Resident, however, still
maintained that His Majesty's Government could prevent any
foreign engineer from going to such a place at all.
CAPTAI 1 I PHILLIPS said that the A.dmiralty were in general
agreement with the views of Colonel Fowle. They would prefer
to see His Majesty’s Government keep a free hand by avoiding
any unnecessary new commitments. As he understood the
niotory of Inis question, the reason for confining guarantees
to the sea in the past was that the physical arguments against
any guarantee covering land operations had been very strong,
whereas protection from the sea was an easy matter. The
advent of aeroplanes had undoubtedly made possible many
operations which previously could not be undertaken, but he
was not convinced that it could be said to-day that they alone
could uphold a guarantee by land, and that if we gave such a
guarantee there was no chance of our being involved in mili
tary operations. The case of the Sheikh of Mohammerah had
shewn that guarantees were two-edged, and he thought that His
Majesty's Government should beware of them. In Qatar the
offer of a guarantee had clearly been the trump card in the
hands of His Majesty's Government who had thought the offer
of it worth while. It would, no doubt, be a trump card in
other places too, but, in that event, we should, he thought, be
careful not to play it too soon. His Majesty's Government should

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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)

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' [‎112r] (223/818), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3747, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2019]

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