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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎239r] (494/520)

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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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financial terns w ^re off er. g to SViaikh "by e.g.Standard
Oil Company than An^lc Persian Oil Gompany and 'Iraq,
letrcleum CJompany are prepared to give. We thersfore
suggest alternative line of approaoti whicL might
persuade Shaikh to do as we wish.
4. Kesiuent shoulu be authorised to offer
Shaikh the full protection, similar to Bahrain ana
Kuwait, which he asked for ana was refused it connec
tion with emergency lanaincj grouna at ^atar. The
previous decision is, we consider, Justified by tne
far greater importance of interests now involved
ana also "by the fact that His Majesty's Government
will in practice he responsihle for providing such
protection if oil company is working in Q.atar wiLh
taeir consent. We also understand, tix t
afforaing protection oy use oi ail-
craft would he comparatively small. This guarantee
of protection would ostensibly he given as quia
quo for surrender of Jurisdiction over foreign
subjects which should, we consider, he made an mais?
pensahle pre -condition under Article V 01 xreat^.
There seems tc us to be no advantage in tryiug to
treat guestion of jurisdiction on general Uines
ana as unconnected witli oil concession since Shaikh
is too cunning to oe aeoeivea ana will pro.Daoly
only give a definite answer within a reasonaole jer-
iod if he is made to realise that his finances will
t e affected hy delay. It does not seen; nece.sary
at present to insist on bringing Articles or
Treaty into force as Article VIII is the only one
of importance and this can oe arrangeu later it
? .r- tec tion/

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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' [‎239r] (494/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 15 October 2019]

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