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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎154r] (322/520)

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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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(a) The Company were informed that while H.M.G. had
not as yet any regular aerodrome in c^tar it was to be
anticipated that aerodromes would be established there in
the future ana they were anxious to secure safeguards in
respect of them from the Company. They had secured similar
safeguards from the Bahrein Petroleum Company, by an
exchange of letters, in the case of Bahrein. H.M.G. would
probably also wish to obtain a similar understanding that
any wireless arrangements which they might make in the
future would not be obstructed by the operations of the
Company. Mr. Fraser was very averse from the inclusion of
any specific provision in Article 2 to cover these points,
but thought/ tnat they coula be satisfactorily disposed of
ty an e xchange of letters. It was agreed that the Inaia
Office shoula suggest drafts to the Company.
(b) The Company agreed tnat the words "or such normal
extensions thereof as mignt be indicated by the sheikh"
referred to religious lanus ana religious buildings. They
were understood to be willing to improve the drafting
as to make this clear.
(c) The Company agreed to omit at the end of the
iirst sub-paragraph the words "ctnd any subsequent
extensions thereof."
Mr. Starling pointed out to the Company that
tne article as it stood was very vague. It seemed
desirable to amplify it on the lines oi Articles l^A and
^ (first and third paragraphs) of the Company's Persian
concession, so as to make more specific their obligation
00 pursue the development of the oil resources of the
territory ana to use the latest scientific measures 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' [‎154r] (322/520), 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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