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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎115r] (244/520)

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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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prepared, to race certain political
clil 1 ! iculties where our own nationals were
concerned, ve were not prepared to
in the case of ioieigners. On the face
of it, loo , we had a good answer to any
American complaint that such conditions
represented a refusal to maintain an open
door policy in oil matters in the Gulf. The
Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. was closed to all concession
hunters, whether British or foreign. The
Bahrein oil concession had already "been
reassigned, with our approval, t« American
interests; and the latest information was
that in Koweit f in which American interests had
teen allowed full liberty to compete, we
should in future "be dealing with an Anglo-
American combine. Our excuse for
restricting exploitation in Qatar tc British
personnel would "be the special political
difficulties presented by that area.
Mr.Starling said that it was relevant,
so far as the nationality of exploiting
personnel was concerned, that Ibn Saudhid
agreed that the concession granted in Hasa
to the Standard Oil or Caliiornia should be
operated by American personnel.
Mr.Renuel said that the question ol
nationality of the exploiting personnel and
of the safeguards would clearly have to be
considered separately, hut from the Foreign
Office standpoint it would be -oasier
to impose terms in respect of these on the
l.P.C. than on a purely America! Company, such
as the Standard Oil Company.

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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' [‎115r] (244/520), 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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