'File 10/3 I Qatar Oil Concession' [153r] (322/468)
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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"■ I - 0 -/ 10 - ".cretuti.t or B.fi. tnt Mlgn loner
for * Iraq,
Baghdadp the I9tli January 1923,
I am directed to reply to foreign Department
letter Ho. 1^67/65:-ijct, dated 7tli December on the subject
of the apparent inclination of Hie Highness Ibn Sa'ud
to absorb the ^atar principality.
2» The High Commissioner had recently spent
some days with His Highness (from 27th November to 2nd
December) during which the status of i^atar was in
eTidence in connection with a project, under considerrition
by Ibn Sa^d, for the grant of an Oil Concession for a
tract of Uajd territory, bir Percy Cox found that in his
discussion with the Engineer representing the aspirant
concessionnaires His Highness had apparently included
the tatar peninsula within the tract of country for which
he was prepared to negotiate a concession - Sir Percy Cox
at once took him to task, reminding him that he had nothing
to do with Qatar except to respect it, under the terms
of his trerty with us, and insisting on the limitation
of his discussions to country West of the longitude
of the head of Salwah Bay.
The Sultan accepted this injuction without
arg ment and the High Commissioner accordingly doubts
whether a further communication on the subject is
necessary or, indeed, advisable after so short an interval.
About this item
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).
- Extent and format
- 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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