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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎71r] (156/520)

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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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make it possifele for the Company to use locally, to
waste, or to lose in refining locally, as much oil as
tney might think fit. He had regariea the point as so
material that ne had taken the instructions of higher
authority on it. As a result he expressed the opinion
that it was unnecessary to take exceotion to it, so long
as the/terms offered by the Company proved adequate,
though it seemed desiraole that the Sheikh should fully
understand what was involved.
Article 5 . In the light of Mr. Starling's
statement on Article 4 it was agreed that no question
neea oe raisea as to the use of the words "exported from
or sola for consumption in" instead of some phrase such
as "produced".
Article 6 . (a) It was agreed that it would be
desirable to make the provisions of this article
specifically subject to/compensation provisions of
Article 7 (as in the case of Article 2 of the revised
(b) Considerable discussion took place as to
the risks involved in giving the Company an absolute
right, as in the terms of the article, in any
circumstances, to construct communications, railways,
refineries, etc. The meeting were reminded of the
difficulties which had arisen in Hasa in connection with
the provision of landing grounds for aeroplanes, ana
elsewhere in Saudi Arabia in connection with wireless.
Local prejudices and the danger of inflaming the Bedouin
had been alleged by Ibn Saud as a reason for postponing
action or refusing concessions. If similar difficulty
arose in ^atar our position, if it proveo. necessary for
us to intervene in support of the Company, might 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' [‎71r] (156/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 22 November 2019]

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