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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎155r] (324/520)

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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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doing so. Mr* Praser indicated that the Company v^ere
reluctant to assume deiinite drilling obligations and
that no reference had thereTore been made to such
obligations in the article. These obligations if
undertaken would be very expensive to the Company and if
they did not result in production of no benefit to the
Sheikh. They would much prefer to improve the financial
terms given to the sheikh. It was pointed out to him
that if drilling operations were unsuccessful the Company
haa the right to determine the concession after notice
under the conditions of Article 13. After further
aiscussion tne Company agreed to consider amplification
of this article on the lines of Articles 12A ana 13 of
the Persian concession subject to certain verbal
modifications. This would involve the acceptance by them
oi an obligation to carry out operations in a proper
manner and to keep plans ana other data which would be
nude available to the Government.
Mr. Laithwaite pointed out that under the
concession as drafted the Company would obtain an
exclusive concession over the vtfiole area of ^atar,
apparently rather more than 3,000 square miles. This
clearly was a fact which we should have to take into
consideration in consiaering whether the financial terms,
when these were communicated to us, were satisfactory.
It was obvious that if the 3heikh were to grant them a
fining lease in respect of a portion of his territory
only he would be at liberty (as had happened in the case
of the Sheikh of Bahrein) to entertain competing offers
from other oil interests in respect oi oha balance of the
territory. He also drew attention to the fact that the
draf t/

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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' [‎155r] (324/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 16 October 2019]

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