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'File 10/3 I Qatar Oil Concession' [‎85r] (184/468)

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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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Telegra* P.
Prow * b . Hecr^tary of State for the Colonies, London.
To 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. , Bushire.
Ho. 5.
Dated 26th (received 27th ) May 1933.
OAT AH OIL .
' f ou are aAthorised to convey to Bhaikh foraftl
approval ol hiB ajeBty t 8 Grvemnent of hio afpreement with
Anglo-^rsian il Company, At the sane tine you should
remind Shaikh x hat under Article of Treaty of November
1916 he has unc qt aVpn not to f^rant concession to anyone
without the consent of His Majesty's Government, and you
should tell him that he should obtain advice In future from
local political SB authorities before entering into any such
agreements.
Reference paragraph 2 of your despatch. It is
v > not considered necessary fbrmally to draw the Shaikh 's
attention to Articles 7, 8 and 9 of Treaty.
erstanc? from : 3am t of Anglo-^rsian Oil Company
that Sampson is now waiting at Abadan while you obtain
instruction® as to his proceeding to Qatar. Sampson is
seconded from the Iraq Petroleum Company at present to the
Anglo-^rsian Oil Company* He is being sent to negotiate
for an Oil Concession for the Anglo-Bprslan Oil Company, but
under M group agreement* of Iraq T3 letroleum Company Anglo-
Persian Oil Company are bound to assign concession when
obtained to the Iraq ^troleum Company and are in fact now
acting as agents of Iraq "Vtroleua Company. Unless you have
any other reasons for withholding permission. His Majesty's
Government agree to Sampson going lit once to O^atar for this
Purpose. Matter has been discussed here with (Heam ?)
who/

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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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