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'File 10/3 VIII Qatar Oil Concession' [‎7r] (17/456)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (226 folios). It was created in 9 May 1935-23 Nov 1935. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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Telegram xx
From Secretary of State for India| Lomon.
To - olltical Resident in H.M.S.fowey, Juahiraradio.
Ho .1440.
Repeated Government of India, Simla. No.1441.
Dated 9th (received 10th ) May 1936.
Yoiir telegr^an of 9th instant T/130» ^ATAR#
yol3-Owing are views of His kajesty' s Government
in the light of discussions between Departments concerned j
(a) As regards rifles Shaikh may be informed that
His Majesty^ Government in case of emergency will deal
sympathetically with any request from Shaikh and will not
tie him to his quota of 600.
(b) They are opposed to granting Shaikh request in
regard to machine gtos and armoured cars both because of
unfailing provocative effect on I ton Saud and because of
uncertainty as to capacity of Shaikhdom to produce people
competent to use them or even prevent their falling into
eneny hands. In principle too they are averse from allowing
machine guns and even armed cars to pass into hands ox
Arab Rubers unless this is quite essential and could not
agree to provision of tanks or of "armoured cars" strictly
so-called# You should in these circumstances reply on this
point that His Majesty's Government have no reason to
anticipate a situation in which possession of either machine
guns or armoured cars would be necessary to enable Shaikh
to secure his interests and that they are unable to give
him any undertaking of the nature he describes. If and
when such a situation arises they will be prepared to
consider any representation from him on the subject.
-Secretary of State forlndia.

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The volume contains correspondence between 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 Secretary of State for India and the Sheikh of Qatar about the Qatar Oil Concession and the protection offered to Qatar from His Majesty's Government, in exchange for the Oil Concession granted to the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC).

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There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 215-221).

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1 volume (226 folios)

The papers in the volume are arranged chronologically. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 215-221). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The volume has a foliation number on the front top right of each folio. The numbering is in pencil, encircled, it starts on the first page of writing with 1, and ends on the back cover with 226. There is a second foliation, starting on f. 167 (numbered 167) and ending on f. 214 (numbered 193); the numbering from 193-212 reads right to left, as the document is in Arabic.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 10/3 VIII Qatar Oil Concession' [‎7r] (17/456), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/417, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 25 January 2020]

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