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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎109r] (232/520)

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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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view a3 at present aavisea; which was that,
so long as the interests of H.M.Q. and or
the Sheikh were adequately safeguarded,
nothing should be aone which would tend to
hamper the conclusion or an agreement
"between the Sheikh and the A.P.O.C, in the
immediate ruture. Delay would inevitably
increase the risk that the Standard Oil
Company of Calirornia might actively interest
themselves in obtaining the concession. Were
they once to enter the iield, they could
rely on the active support of t he U.S.
Government, ana however strong the case on
merits ftr any special conditions which H.M-G.
mi ( ht be anxious to secure in respect or
British control, British exploitation,
British local representation &c., we should
almost certainly rind it much more difficult
to have our way on such points when dealing
with a wholly foreign company backed by the
U. . Government than when dealing witk a
company such as the Iraq x-^etroleum Company
in which there was a substantial British
The procedure proposed, wita an
important proviso which the Foreign Oiiice
had already r ecommended to the 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. ,
would make it possible lor the A.P.0.0.
pursue negotiations immediately with the Sheikh
with a view to reaching agreement on
commercial points, - such an agreement tt
contain no clauses of a political chaiactei
as provision for jurisdiction &c. While
nego tiations/

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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' [‎109r] (232/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 18 July 2019]

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