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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎70r] (154/520)

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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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well to impress upon them tne aellcacy of the position.
The meeting agreed and thought that this might oe put
^ to the Company as a general point in connection with the
Article 5 . The Petroleum Department suggested that
it would oe desirable further to safeguard tne interests
of the Sheikh by amplifying this article on the general
^ lines of Articles 12A and 13 of the A.P.CuC.'s Persian
concession. The effect would be to require the Company
to preserve the deposits of petrol, if any, and to
utilise the latest scientific methods in their operation;
It was agreed that this should be put to the Company.
Article 4 . This article was likely to be/of the
greatest importance to tne Sheikh. The Foreign Office
expressed the view that, subject to consideration of our
own interests and tnose of the Sheikh, it was desirable
to meet the A.P.O.C. so far as possible in view of the
undesirability of bringing in American interests if this
could be nelped. The petroleum Department agreed, and
the Admiralty said that they thought their higher
authorities would probably c^lso agree, subject to the
reservations in question, as aid Mr. Laithwaite.
Mr. Laithwalte saia that the Company haa already
made it clear that they did not wish to disclose their
bargaining figures at the moment and we could not very
well press them to do so. On tne other hand, it would
be material,in considering the terms to be accepted,
that under the present concession they were to receive
an exclusive licence in respect of the whole area of
Qatar - some 3,000 square miles.
Iv!r. starling saiu that the use of the phrase
"exported from or sola for consumption in" raised an
important point. This formula was one which had been
used in the Persian concession. The effect would be to

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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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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎70r] (154/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 October 2019]

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