Independence for Bahrain

FCO 8/1640 1971 Jan 01-1971 Dec 31

This file relates to the independence of Bahrain. It contains correspondence concerning:

  • Bahrain's application for admission to the UN, and reference to Bhutan's successful application
  • Bahrain's intention to apply for membership of the Arab League
  • Bahraini delegations to some Arab States and Iran
  • The termination of the special treaty relationship between Bahrain and the UK, and its replacement by a Treaty of Friendship, including guidance on protocol and a draft message from Prime Minister Edward Heath
  • The Ruler of Saudi Arabia King Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud's support for a union of nine states rather than Bahraini independence
  • The visit of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa to the United Arab Republic (UAR); and UAR's recognition of Bahrain
  • Guidance for British diplomatic posts abroad and for the British press on Bahraini independence
  • A draft statement by the Ruler of Bahrain Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa
  • Arab and Iranian press reports, including Kayhan International
  • Qatar's view of Bahrain's independence announcement