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'File 10/3 I Qatar Oil Concession' [‎55r] (124/468)

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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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(received under India Olfiee endorsement
7118/32}
INDIA OiftT E,
LOKiX) J, 3 • W. X*
p # 2• 7118/32, 1st December, 1932.
Sir,
I am directed by the Secretary of State for India to
say that he has had under his consideration the correspondence
in connection with the agreement between the Anglo-Persian Oil
Company and the Sheikh of Q-tar, copies of which were forwarded
under your letter of .18th October, No.98116/22.
2, Under Article V of the Treaty of 3rd November 1916
between the Sheikh of Qatar and His Majesty 1 s Government the
Sheikh is precluded from granting any monopolies or concessions
"to anyone whomsoever. ••••• •without the consent of the iL^h
British Government". For the reasons given below Sir Samuel
Hoare is in favour of the grant of formal approval to the
agreement no T A T under consideration. But he would suggest that
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. 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. , in conveying to the
Sheikh approval of it, should remind him of the terms of
Article V of his Treaty and should make it clear that he is not
in a position to grant any concessions save with the consent cf
His Majesty's Gcv ernment, and shculd suggest that he wculd be
well advised in future to infom the local political
authorities before actually entering into any such agreement.
The Auglo- Persian Oil Company might also perhaps oe informed
deici-officially of the position and advised in their own
interests to keep the local political auuhori ^ie s cind His
Majesty's Government in close touch with any action they may
wish to take Yirith a view to obtaining fresh oil concessions here
or elsewhere in the Arab Principalities of tie 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. .
5. Sir S<a.mel Hoare, as Sir Philip Cunliffe-Liater is
aware, attaches importance to securing that any concessicn taken
Ui^ier-Secre tary" of State, out/
Colonial Office,
S. W. 1,

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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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