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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎224ar] (464/520)

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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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further south than marlced,!!! fhot the true position of
%asr JalTra, is only a little north of an riaat and ^©st line
running through Hhor al Odeid.
Tl^e bept existing uap to consult that I know of is
that praparud by ldr« T hilby and vhich accoc^anies his book
ihe jnpty carter" . although even he does not mention Jebel
al NAX3H a conical hill a little north of ^asr oalwa.. I
una erst and also that Ir .Cox of the a . T . Q . C ., Ltd., was able
to laako a sketch map if the hinterland of ^tar, which could
be studied jith advantage*
6« As regards the political situation existing bet
ween His Majesty Kin;*? Bin Gaud and the 'lulcr of c^ntar: I
c.rr^o with every word that Mr. .llliamson says, and It is bom
out by what I have heard in Kuwait during the lest year or
Cn ray opinion Bin ^aud defini tely claims the a tar
peninsular, and will go on noinf; so, so lon^ as wo do not
move with the times and adopt a policy there. ±11 the in-
fonaution that I have been able to get from Riath, from
time to time bears out exactly what ir. villi an son says in
this reapoct. It is practically certain that Bin iaud warned,
th^ shaikh of oxtar on tha letter's r^c^nt visit to the
Capital that he expected him to ?ivo any Oil Concession that
mir^it be goins;, to his friends, the Americans and not the
British. He went, I believe, further, and told him, in a
diDlomatic way, of course, that only DOHaH could be con
sidered sc belonging to the Ibn n!AKI f family and that the
rest of the peninsular was hi?. Certainly all the bedouins
of Fassa look upon the s .atar desert (Bar al ^atr) as belonp?-
in^r to Bin .auwl, and I only .;/ot this confirmed 3 days 2so
(15.1.^4) by an Ajman ..haika, who is no^ in Kuwait. /hen
I aske^. him ^uart^adly, if he knew the boundary between
oaudiyeh and the ub-aikli of -^atar^ territory, he promptly
replied, "There Is no boundary. Bin i.aud rules 'Bar al s.atr 1

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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' [‎224ar] (464/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 August 2019]

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