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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎227r] (470/520)

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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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Ihls must be thoroughly vpt into his mind, and bo backed
by a written promise on our pert to afford such support,
with the present development of our Air ^orce, there should
be no difficulty in doing this.
lo. Knowing Bin oaud as I do, I believe that when
he is clearly made to realize that we intend to defend
-ater'n land boundaries in case of necessity, he will ac
cept the oituatiloK at once as be did in the case of •Iraq
raid Kuwait.
14 # .hat we must not do - and this is thf» crux of the
whole matter - is to leave the situation as it is now,
thet is to say unsettled and in fluid state. If we do, the
astute Bin Saud will at once take full advantage of our
laissez faire attitude and by means of bluff and bombast
where we are concerned, and by secret pressure and tribal
radio into atar (he denying responsibility all the time)
where Ibn Thani is concerned, will gain all his points, and
force Xbn Thani to acknowledge that he is the power that
counts, and can do things, whilst His Majesty's c;ov«mment
la not. Ibn Thani will then, whilst outwardly 'keeping in*
with us, surrender his hinterland to Din iiaud and «ive any
Oil Concession that may be going to Bin iiaud^ proteges,
the ijaericans, on the plea that theirs was the better offer.
15. iven if we are successful by diplomatic methods
in keeping the otandard Oil of California out 01 nfltar,
the Jhaikh of that 3tate will never give the concession
to the I.P.O., or A .P.O.C., unless we can reive him an as
surance that we intend defending his land frontiers, and
will see hin through any and every quarrel that ' in Jaud
may ohoose to pick with him in the future.
16. It should not be forgotten - and I state this
aa a well known and curious fact - that everyone of the
Arabian Coastal jiairates in the 1 ereian .>ulf, have got it
deeply fixed in their minds that in some way or other ; 3 .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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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎227r] (470/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 August 2019]

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