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H. Riches warned that a new British adviser would arouse Arab nationalist ire. ”6 Meanwhile, Belgrave was in no hurry to leave Bahrain. ” Gault considered it unfortunate that his government had allowed Belgrave to remain in Bahrain for A r a b N at i o n a l i s m a n d t h e B r i t i s h D e c i s i o n 21 so many years. ”8 Convinced that Belgrave had to go, Political Agent Gault advised the Foreign Ofﬁce that London ought to pressure Shaikh Salman rather than his adviser. 9 Meanwhile, CNU also pressed for the retirement of Belgrave, who in July 1956 declared yet again that he was not leaving Bahrain.
Responding to this criticism, the administration replied that Arab states would be uncomfortable signing treaties with Western powers. ”24 Washington and Manama concluded an agreement on December 23, 1971. 25 The negotiations took six months to complete. Negotiations took place with Bahrain’s Minister of Development and Industry Yusuf bin Ahmad Al-Shirawi, who Whitehall considered to be Manama’s most outstanding Bahraini ofﬁcial. ”26 Minister Al-Shirawi, who called himself “the Chairman of the Committee for the Liquidation of the British Empire,” emphasized two issues: rent and education.
After her visit, Lady Tedder wrote to the foreign secretary about the awful living conditions British troops had to endure. ” Lady Tedder also noted that British residents were uneasy because they feared that riots were likely a concern, which she considered justiﬁed. 25 Political Resident Middleton agreed that the British serving in Bahrain lived in unpleasant accommodations, suffered through extremely hot summers, and were denied alcohol, except when frequenting small military canteens. g. ” Therefore, the political resident agreed that a Malcolm Club was a good idea.
Bahrain from the Twentieth Century to the Arab Spring by Miriam Joyce (auth.)