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Good article but I want to


Good article but I want to respond to some of your comments regarding the history of Iran's claims to Bahrain. In the run up to the earliest treaty with Britain in 1820, between 1818-1820, one British agent wrote to Iran recognising their right of ownership of the islands and it is actually from this statement that Iran derived its 20th century claim on the islands. The Iranians also formally dropped their claim to the islands in 1970 in the run-up to independence. This was the guarantee necessary to ensure Bahrain's independence following the withdrawal of the British, and the Political Agent wrote in 1971 calling it the real cause for celebration in the country, not the declaration of independence. After formally dropping their claim, the Iranians have never pursued the consolidation of Bahrain as the '14th Province' as a matter of state policy. Of course, that doesn't account for statements made by the country's politicians and media that see Bahrain as a wayward province. Also want to note that at the time there was no King in Bahrain. Between 1783 and 1971, the head of state was the Haakim (literally, Ruler). Following independence in 1971 Hakim Isa changed his title to Emir Isa, and in 2002 his son Emir Hamad changed the title to King. In practice though, the changes in title don't really reflect any change in the traditional power of the head of state.
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