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Coll 30/203 ‘Persian Gulf. Qatar – Proposed engagement of an “adviser on foreign affairs” by the sheikh.’ [‎13r] (27/29)

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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Confidential•
D.C.No.C/338.
My dear Peel,
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.
in the Persian Cult,
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rfete^the 12th September, 1940.
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There have recently been indications tnat ^naihh
Abdullah bin Casim al Thani of ^atar is trying to obtain
an Iraqi to be his adviser on foreign affairs. Past April,
Ibrahim Helmi al Omar, Press ’Director, Bagdad, v/as oftered
employment as »0il Specialist” in ^atar, but was unable
to accept, and his request for further details, with a
view to finding some one else, was apparently not answered.
At the end of August, however, the Shaikh’s son Hamad
asked Howes in Bahrain to arrange for him to go to Iraq
in his own launch. The reason given v/as that he needed
medical treatment, but it is probable that this is merely
an excuse to coixtinue the search for an Iraqi adviser.
2 . It is clearly most undesirable that an Iraqi smould
hold this position in qatar, but I do not think tnat the
Treaty position entitles us to forbid it. ,/e are, however,
obstructing the Shaikh as much as possible, and are relay in
Hamad’s trip to Iraq by pointing out the difficulties of
entering the Shatt-al-Arab under war conditions, and by
suggesting a visit to India instead. Unfortunately Hamad
now seems very keen to visit Iraq, and it will scarcely be
possible to refuse him a visa if he should persist.
3 . I am sending a copy of this letter to Caroe.
Yours sincerely,
B.T.Peel Esquire, C.B.E.,M.C.,
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. ,
. London.
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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.
♦sent under Printed letter ho.0/339 of
12th September 1940*

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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.’ [‎13r] (27/29), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3943, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100069985586.0x00001e> [accessed 19 September 2019]

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