'File 10/3 I Qatar Oil Concession' [53r] (120/468)
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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[ Received under Government of India endorsement Uo.iT. 173-«/^2 f 'n
cf 11th January 1933}
Enclosures in Colonial Office Covering Note Ko. 98 j . 16/32,
dated i6th November, 1932.
Naval <5taff f
Admiralty, S.'V. 1.
4th November, 19^2.
With reference to the draft despatch to the Political
Resident Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , concerning oil concessions in the
Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , enclosed with your letter of 5th October, 19^2,
the Admiralty have the following observations to offer v-
(i) In view of the fact that the agreement between the
Anglo-Persian Oil Company and the Sheikh of ^atar has actually
been concluded, the Admiralty presume that paragraph 2 of
the draft will either be deleted or drastically altered.
(ii) As pointed out in Admiralty letter IT. 01686/32, paragrapfc
7, to wV] ich no objection was raised at the Meeting on 15th
September, the Admiralty attach the greatest importance to the
Anglo-Persian «M1 Company bringing the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. area
within their sphere of control.
In view of this fact and the discussion which tooK
place at the Meeting, the Admiralty feel that paragraph 3 of
the ortift hardly reflects the opinion of the Meeting and
therefore suggest that this paragraph should read
^On general and strategic grounds it would-.but it is
always necessary, for reasons of international^olicy, that
each application should be handled with great care and that
no excuse should be given for an accusation against His
Majesty's Government of unfair treatment. In general etc.,
etc., (as in present draft).
Sd/- J.H.D. CTfinnWHAM.
r.-.W. Flood, ^»q. #
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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)
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.
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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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