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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎69r] (152/520)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (252 folios). It was created in 1916-1934. 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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Admiralty interest developing in connection with
harbours, Captain King expressed the opinion that it
was unnecessary to rrake special provision ior this at
the present time. S//U m j
(t)) It was not clear whether the words "any such
normal extensions tnereof" referred to extensions of
tiuiluings, though this was presun^oly the case. It was
agreed that the Company should he asked to make the
position clear, but tnat no objection need be raised
if the assumption stated was correct.
(.c) The phrase at the end of sub-paragraph 1 "and
am subsequent extensions thereof" appeared dangerously
wide. We were dealing with a period of 75 years and
it was conceivable that difficult political problems
might arise if the 3beikh or one of his successors were,
e.g., to conquer a portion of Saudi Arabia or,to take
an extreme case, to occupy Bahrein. It was agreed that
the Company should be invited to omit the words.
(d) £3 riod of agreement . No objection was seen
to an agreement for 75 years, although this period was
longer than that of the Bahrein ana Persian concessions.
(e) The Petroleum Department said that it was
unnecessary to specify areas for mining purposes under
this article now that it was proposed to tive the
Company rights over the whole area of the state.
(f) Attention was drawn by the 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. to the
fact that in a semi-civilized area such as Qatar it
would be necessary for the Company to walk extremely
warily in anything which might offend religious
susceptibilities. We should find ourselves faced with
responsibility for safeguarding their interests in the
event of serious trouble breaking out and it would be

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The papers in this volume date mostly from 1933-1934. The volume contains copies of 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. at Bahrain and the Secretary of State for India in London about oil concession in Qatar and the negotiations between the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) and the Sheikh of Qatar.

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There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 243-247).

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1 volume (252 folios)

The items in the volume are arranged in chronological order from earliest to latest with earlier documents attached to the file. There is an index at the end of the volume, on folios 243-247. 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 foliation starts on the first page of writing on the top right-hand corner and finishes on the back cover, on folio 252. Numbers are in pencil, circled. There is a second foliation in blue crayon first and then in black pencil on the top centre and then on the top right corner, uncircled, starting on folio 1 (numbered 1) to folio 26 (numbered 26) , then folio 27 (numbered 26a) to folio 47 (numbered 26v), folio 48 (numbered 27) ending on folio 242 (numbered 220).

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎69r] (152/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 January 2020]

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