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'File 10/3 I Qatar Oil Concession' [‎20r] (54/468)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (222 folios). It was created in 27 Aug 1932-7 Nov 1933. 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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Tele gram.
jfrom Secretary ofatate for the Colonies, .umclon.
To .Political hesldent, Bushxre.
Unnumbered.
Dated 14th (received 15th ) December 192&.
Your telegram iio. 21, of October 20th. kiss ion
to Q.atar and Trucial Coaat .
There no longer appears any prima facie reason
for discouraging oil development in former territory but
before proposed visit taaces place it will be necessary to
arrange for Article VII of tfce Treaty with tlie shaikh to be
brought into at least partial operation and also that the
position of the shaikh vis a vis Ibn aaud should be cleared
up # If the Company are atill desirous to send mission and
you concur, arrangements should be mxkBUL made for suitable
officer to visit the shaikh to investigate the political
position and obtain latter^ concurrence as to Article VII
and proposed mission* As regards Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. 1 am
doubtful how far it is necessary or desirable to consult
or inform petty rulers concerned arid x am content to leave
you to decide this in direct consultation wit^ the (iovern-
ment of India.
In any communication which may be made to the
Shaikh of c^atar or the Trucial xk Chiefs no attempt must
be made to disguise the true object of the mission.
- aKOUKTAKY Ojf WfASM jfUh
THfci COLOHIKii.

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The volume contains correspondence between the Anglo Persian Oil Company (APOC) and the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Bahrain regarding the oil concessions in Qatar. It contains copies of the exclusive exploration agreement granted by Abdullah Ibn Qasim al Thani, Sheikh of Qatar, on 27 August 1932, permitting to A.P.O.C to make a geological exploration for two years and the sole right to submit an application for a concession, in consideration of a monthly payment of 1500 rupees per month.

The volume includes:

  • confidential letters sent by C.C. Mylles, representative of the A.P.O.C. delegation in Qatar, led by Haji Williamson;
  • correspondence regarding the Qatar geological survey, carried out by two geologists: Dr E. W. Shaw and Mr P. T. Cox, who sailed from Adaban in the S.S. Khuzistan, on 30 January 1933;
  • correspondence on the negotiations for oil concession in Qatar, led by Haji Williamson and Mr A. C. Sampson;
  • planning of a visit to the Sheikh by the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Bahrain, on 6 June 1933;
  • draft of the Qatar oil agreement between the Sheikh of Qatar and A.P.O.C., which wasn't signed for disagreements on financial matters (ff. 102-107 and 132-134);
  • correspondence on the boundaries of Qatar (ff. 150-152 and 167- 169);
  • comments on the Agreement from the Foreign Office and from the Secretary of State for India, proposing the introduction of a British Nationality Clause (f. 191) to protect from U.S. interests in the area.

There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 212-218).

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1 volume (222 folios)
Arrangement

The items in the volume are arranged in chronological order from earliest to latest with earlier documents attached. There is an index at the end of the volume, on folios 212-218. The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number in blue crayon, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

Physical characteristics

The main foliation is in pencil on the top right corner, starting on the first and ending on the last page of writing. The numbering starts with 1, then 156, 156A, 157, 168, 168A, 169, 199, 199A, 199B, 200, and then carries on until 218, which is the last number given. There is a second foliation in blue pencil in the top centre, starting on folio 166 (numbered 164) to folio 210 and then starts on the index with folio 212 (numbered 2) until folio 215 (numbered 5).

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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