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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎168r] (350/520)

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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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The following general points '.7orc put to the
(a) The possibility of the revision of the concc&sion
after a certain period. x.s drafted it ran for 75 years -
a very long period: longer than either that of their
concession in Persia or of the i^aerican concession in
Bahrein. It might be to their interests as well as
to those of the iheikh to have some provision for
revision at an earlier date. The Company said they were
strongly averse from agreeing to any such provision. It
would merely put them in the hands of the Sheikh. They
would much prefer to leave matters as the- were. It
would be a considerable time before they knew where they
stood in respect of oil in ^tar,
(b) It was made clear to the representatives of the
Company that while HJiwG-., subject to their being
satisfied that the interests of the oheikh were
secured ana that their own special interests ^nd
responsibilities were also adequately s^fe 0 u^rdcd,
might now be prepared to approve cert: m terms m a
concision put forward by tho A.P.O.C. in tho interests
of assisting the A.P.O.C. te secure the concession, they
were not to he taken as in any way tying their hands as
regards the future. If the A .P.C.C. failca no;
secure the concession from the Sheikh on such terns
as H.M .S. might approve and if subsequently other parties,
e.g. the Standard Oil, oano into the fiela, H.K.a. must
regard their hands as entirely free, and the terms of
any concession would have to form the subject of further
. ri^ r « miJcnv said that the-y appreciated the
discussion. wmp^nv j -
position. (c)/

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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' [‎168r] (350/520), 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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