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Coll 30/203 ‘Persian Gulf. Qatar – Proposed engagement of an “adviser on foreign affairs” by the sheikh.’ [‎4r] (7/29)

The record is made up of 1 file (12 folios). It was created in 12 Sep 1940-13 Nov 1941. 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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AIR MAIL
Office of 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. ,
Confidential in the Persian rjulf, Camp Bahrain.
D.O.Ko.C/361 20th August 1941.
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Dear Caroe.
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Will you please refer to Peel* s demi-offieial-
P.Z.6736/40 9 Jlatod the 14 th November 1940^ regarding the suspected
desire of the Shaikh of Qatar to engage the services of an Iraqi
as his ,l Adviser’ 1 on foreign affairs.
4 j
Lett
letter No
2. 1 agree, on further consideration, that the control over
the foreign relations of the Shaikh of ^atar which is given to us
by Section 4 of the Treaty of the 3rd November 1916 v/ould preclude
the appointment of An Adviser on foreign affairs since he will not
have any foreign affairs as such upon which he could be advised.
You are probably aware, however, that several Indian States who are
more securely bound than the Ruler of oatar have a “Foreign and
Political Member” in their State Council and undue importance should
not therefore be attached to the mere nomenclature.
3. I cannot agree, however, that there is anything in the
Treaty which would give us the right to prevent the Shaikh from
employing a foreigner to advise him regarding his administration.
The only portion of the Treaty which refers is the Section 4
quoted above, and whatever one may wish to reed into it, I am
certain that a reference to an impartial body would show that
this right was not inherent in the wording of either the English
or the Arabic version of the Treaty. The relevant portion of the
Arabic version may be literally translated as follows: "I will not
have connections with a government other than the British Govern
ment nor write to her, end I will not accept an Agent from them
without /
O.K. Caroe, ftsq., CSI.,CIk.,ICS.,
Secretary to the Government of India
in the External Affairs Department,
Simla.

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The file contains papers relating to suspicions that Shaikh Abdullah bin Qasim al Thani [Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī], Ruler of Qatar, desired to obtain an Iraqi adviser on foreign affairs, and objections to this by 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. , 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. , and the Foreign Office.

The correspondents are as follows: 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. ; 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 Foreign Office; and the Government of India External Affairs Department.

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

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1 file (12 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 inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 13; 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.

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Coll 30/203 ‘Persian Gulf. Qatar – Proposed engagement of an “adviser on foreign affairs” by the sheikh.’ [‎4r] (7/29), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3943, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100069985586.0x00000a> [accessed 23 August 2019]

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