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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎87r] (188/520)

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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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idea ot a 50/50 arrangement to extend to
wXploitation naQ been specl.Ti.caijiy approved "by
H.M.G. He woula if necessary write a letter
giving further details ii desired. The arrangement
..ion tne 3-uif oil Company been forced upon
tiie a. P.O.G . because it was embarrassing for them
uo offer large sums ol money in Koweit (where
perhaps there was no oil) in view of possible
reactions on the Persian Government. Moreover they
understood that the Sheikh himself wished for an
international Company. He added that the A.P#O.C.
nau also louna that tlirougliout their negotiations the
Gulf oil Company through whatever source were kept
iiuormed of all the A*P.O#C. offers to the Sheikh and
lic^ci in tneir possession full copies of the
correspondence that had passed, wnile the A.P.O.C.
received no similar information about the offers made
oy the Gulf Oil Company.
In answer to a question from Lr. Wakely, I wr.Fraser
oaia tn^o if they succeeded in reaching an agreement
vvith the Gulf oil Company the latter might easily alio v.
one personnel at Koweit to be even 100?6 British, but
tnat it would not be politic for the A.P.C.C, to
suggest any arrangement about personnel to the Gulf
uompa,ny cot this stage, since it woula only lead to a
counter claim on their part. The A.P.O.C. (as in the
^ c ^ sq oi (^atar) thought it oest to have no provision
aoout personnel in their agreement with the Gulf
Witn i^gara to the employment of Iv^ajor Holmes,
who, he unaerstooa, was not entirely persona to
h•M.G., Ivjr. fraser assured the meeting that tneir own
representative, Mr. Gass, would take the chief part in

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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' [‎87r] (188/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 17 October 2019]

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