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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎82r] (178/520)

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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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Oil Company. He pointed out that the Gulf Oil Company was
one of the parties interested in the I.P.C. through the
American portion of the shares of the latter, while the
Standard Oil Company of California was not. On this point
Mr. Eraser explained that the A.P.O.C. felt that they had a
legitimate grievance against the "behaviour of American oil
interests in this area since the war. When, after the TCar,
the Americans and the French were admitted to participation
in the I.P.C, the A.P.O.C. had understood that the American oil
interests would then be satisfied with their share in the
I.P.C. This, however, had not "been so, since the Standard
Oil Company of California had later appeared and obtained
oil concessions in Bahrein and Hasa; they now threatened to
come in also at Q^tar. The Standard Oil Company of
California (now established in Bahrein and Hasa) was an
entirely different Company from the Standard Oil Company of
New Jersey (interested in the Iraq Petroleum Company) but there
were occasions when these large American groups appeared to
v/orlv in sympathy with one another.
Mr. Fraser suggested that the position would be
very much simplified and delay avoided if the same
procedure could be followed here as he had suggested in
Qatar, i.e. if H.M.G. would be good enough to examine the
draft concession at this end and make suggestions before
it was presented to the Sheikh, He sincerely trusted
that the Company could look for the support of His Majesty's
Government. Mr.. Eraser then offered to give further
exp 1 anat ions/

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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' [‎82r] (178/520), 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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