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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎72r] (158/520)

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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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aii'ficult. On the otner nana, the Company would clearly
unci t
require some clear understanding/they had liberty to erect
^ such huilaings, etc. as were essential for their purpose,
e.g. refineries, pumping stations, harbours, pipelines,
workshops, etc. Tne meeting was inclinea to think that
the simplest course might be to draw a distinction between
constructions of this nature and corrrnunications taken in a
broad sense - wireless, roads, railways, etc. - and that in
discussions with tne Company we should aim in the first
place at making the Company's rights under the first sub
paragraph of tne article subject "to the agreement of the
Sheikh which shall not be unreasonably withheld", and if
endeavour to
this proved impossible to/make a special exception in
respect of comnunications ana wireless, putting them on a
different footing from the technical builaings required by
the Company. It was thought that here, as in the case of
Article 2, the importance of aslking extremely carefully,
having regard to local conditions might be impressed on the
Article 7 . (a) It was agreed that the desirability
of specifically safeguarding the position of any aerodromes
acquired by us in Qatar shoula be considered in connection
with this article.
(b) Attention was drawn to the possibility that
considerable areas might be in the possession,not of the
Sheikh, but (as appeared in the past to have been the case
elsewhere on the Arab littoral) of the Jowasimi Arabs.
That was, however, a point for the Company*
(c) The second sub-paragraph was too widely stated
and aia not sufficiently safeguard private possessors
against expropriation at the request of the Company. It
was agreed that the Company snoula be invited either 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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎72r] (158/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 26 January 2020]

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