Independence for Qatar

FCO 8/1724 1971 Jan 01-1972 Dec 31

This file relates to the independence of Qatar. It contains correspondence and newspaper cuttings and extracts concerning:

  • The denouncement of Qatar's independence by the Popular Front for the Liberation of the Occupied Arabian Gulf
  • Messages of congratulations and recognition from foreign states; and congratulatory messages from the Queen, Prime Minister Edward Heath, and Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home, and Amir Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani's replies
  • The diplomatic privileges and immunities for the Political Resident in the Persian Gulf G G Arthur and his staff after independence
  • HMG's continued responsibility for exchange control regulations
  • A civil aviation agreement between HMG and Qatar
  • An exchange of letters relating to staging and overflying rights for UK military aircraft
  • The Deputy Ruler's announcement broadcast on Qatar television and radio
  • E F Henderson's final despatch as Political Agent, in which he provides a description of Britain's position in Qatar and its relationship with the Ruling Family; and a despatch by the Political Resident marking Qatar's transition to independence
  • Henderson's accreditation as Ambassador
  • Copies of the documents signed in Geneva, terminating the special treaty between Qatar and HMG and establishing a new Treaty of Friendship