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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎108r] (230/520)

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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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problem had. shov/n that t he grant of my oil
concession hy xhe Sheikh, whether t« the
A.p.O.C., the I.P.G., or an American
Company, would give rise to difficult
political problems in connection with
jurisdiction over the concessionnaire's
employees, the grant of protection by H.M.G.
in cases in which local conditions made this
necessary and the Sheikh ror any reason
failed t« afford it, and, probably, the
appointment of a political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. to
represent H.M.G. and would make it necessary
t# consider bringing into force certain
articles or the Sheikh's Treaty of 1916 which
were at present aormant*
Such questions could best be dealt
with in a third agreement or exchange of
letters between the Sheikh and H.M.G-.
Considerable difficulty might be anticipated
in disposing of them: and if we were to take
them up with the Sheikh and try to reach a
general understanding with him on political
points, it might be thought desirable tc
take the opportunity also to secure the air
facilities in Qatar which the Sheikh had
hitherto refused to give save in return for
guarantees of protection which H.M.G. were
not prepared to undertake#
Mr.Rendel said that, speaking
personally, he was entirely in favour of a
procedure such as had baen described.
Higher authority at the Foreign Oil ice
not or course yet been consulted. But
action on these lines would, he was
confident, be consistent with th£ir general

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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' [‎108r] (230/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 October 2019]

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