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Coll 30/203 ‘Persian Gulf. Qatar – Proposed engagement of an “adviser on foreign affairs” by the sheikh.’ [‎4ar] (9/29)

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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2 .
without the consent of the British GovernmentGulf Rulers
often think that we strain the wording of our Treaties, and it
would require more straining than the words are capable of to
construe this in such a way that we could, as a matter of right,
prevent the Ruler from employing anyone he wished.
4 . So much for the Treaty position. Our position in these
waters depends, however, not so much on our Treaties as upon the
good-will of the Arab Rulers and prestige and power of our
Political Officers. Daly, for example, was able in a few years
to turn Bahrain into more of a British protectorate than the
average Indian State without much assistance from the Treaty
position or the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. or any one else. Similarly, an in
competent officer ignorant of Arab ways and mentality could lose
us our position with almost equal rapidity, in fact I have very
often v/ondered how far we should be able to maintain our position
if it was seriously challenged by any State which desired, for
eMample, ar anschluss with 3sudi Arabia or Iraq.
5. In the present instance it transpires that the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. was
mis-informed last year and that all Shaikh Abdullah bin Jasim had
in mind was some one who would help him regarding the problems
that arose with the Oil Company. I raised the question with him
on my visit there this spring and he said that he fouftd difficulty
in understanding oil affairs and wished to have some one who would
help him over them. It may be that his desire is to discover
means of screwing more revenue out of the Oil Company, but so far
as *lay of this year nothing further had been done about it and he
appears to have dropped the proposal for the present.
6. Our viev; of the Shaikh of Qatar’s employee is coloured
largely by the use of the word "Adviser'*. Supposing for the sake
of argument that he employs a foreigner as his private secretary.
Could it be argued that we are entitled to object ? Such a man
would /

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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.’ [‎4ar] (9/29), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3943, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100069985586.0x00000c> [accessed 20 September 2019]

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