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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎81r] (176/520)

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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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Fir. Fraser then circulated copies of the draft concession
which Mr. Chisholm was t e&ing out to Qatar. I.Ir. "aliely
suggested that the draft could hest be considered department ally-
in the first instance, and this was agreed, Mr. Fraser, hov/ever,
emphasising the anxiety of the Company that it should he dealt,
with as expeditiously as possible.
Mr. Fraser then turned to the activities of the A.P.O.C. in
Koweit. Here the position v/as different since Koweit was outside
the area covered by the l.P.C. Convention. For some time past
the A.P.O.C. and the American Gulf Oil Company had both been
negotiating for a concession in Koweit, but hitherto the
had been unable to reach any agreement with the Sheikh.
The Anglo-Persian Oil Company were most anxious that there
should not be a rival foreign oil concern in Koweit on the ilank
of their own operations in Persia and this was why they had
themselves wanted to obtain a concession in Koweit. They
had all along felt themselves at a great disadvantage in
negotiating at Koweit in competition with the Gulf Oil
Company, a very wealthy concern, owing to tne danger that by
granting too favourable terms to Ko^eit they might involve
themselves in difficulties with tne Persian GoVwinm^nt -/ho mi^
also accuse them of frittering away their energies outside Persia.
They had therefore considered it desirable to endeavour to make
an arrangement v/ith the Gulf Oil Company. An arrcviigernent of
nature which fully safeguarded the interests of the A.P.O.C.,
work jointly with them for a concession through a new company
be formed on a 50/50 basis, had been signed, and now only awaited
ratification, a decision as to which was expected thio
\The negotiations with the Sheikh if the agreement in question
was ratified would be carried on by Mr. Gass, acting on behalx of
the A.P.O.C., and assisted by Major Holmes, on behalf of the Gull

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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' [‎81r] (176/520), 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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