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Coll 30/203 ‘Persian Gulf. Qatar – Proposed engagement of an “adviser on foreign affairs” by the sheikh.’ [‎9r] (19/29)

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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Dear Peel,
Many thanks for your letter PZ.5726/40 of the
14th November regarding the Sheikh of Qatar f s desire
to employ an Iraqi as adviser on foreign affairs,
2. We agree with you that it would he anomalous
for a ruler who has surrendered control of his foreign
relations to His Majesty f s Government to have an adviser
on foreign affairs at all. We also agree that the
appointment of a foreigner to such a post would he
inconsistent with the spirit of Article 4 of the 1916
Treaty. We therefore see no objection to your warning
the Sheikh on these lines if this should he considered
desirable.
3. But we presume that the appointment, if made, would he
nominally that of an "adviser" or "oil adviser", and that
there would he no question of the Iraqi being appointed
openly as an "adviser on foreign affairs". I do not
think that we can object to the employment by the Sheikh
of every kind of Iraqi adviser. Prior’s letter indicates
that he may he called an "oil specialist", and if the
Sheikh does manage to engage an Iraqi who is a real oil
expert it may he difficult for us to object. The
appointment of "an adviser on foreign affairs" disguised
as an "oil adviser or expert" would however still entitle
us to object.

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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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