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'File 10/3 I Qatar Oil Concession' [‎160r] (338/468)

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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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each group hud undertaken not to seek concessions
mcliviciufc.lly in certain areas which inciuded Qatar. The
^nglo-Persian ^ii Go in puny could no"L f therefore, take up a
concession themselves. They proposed, however, in agree
ment with the Iraq Petroleum Company, to obtain the
concession in their own n^me, and then assign it to the
Iraq Petroleum Company. He thought that if the Anglo-
Persian Oil Company aid not move quickly there was danger
that tojor Holmes and his associates would forestall them
end obtain a concession for /unerican interests. He was
anxious to avoid the same situation arising in Qatar as
had arisen in Kuwait.
kr. Mendel observed that His tojesty 1 s Governiient had
originally thought that tne Anglo-Persian Oil Company were
seeking a concession for themselves, ana he pointed out
tifct the fact that the Anglo-Persian Oil Company were
merely acting on behalf of the Iraq Petroleum Company made
it desirable, in his opinion, that His iv^ajesty's Governnent
should consider at once what their position was in the
light of this new information. The Anglo-Persian Oil
Company were an all-British concern, whereas the Iraq
Petroleum Company, though it *as registered in Great
Britain, was an international concern, '/^hile the Foreign
Office would certainly raise no objection to the Iraq
Petroleum Company obtaining the concession, there had been
a good deal of difficulty in the past about non -British
concerns obtaining oil concessions in the Persian Gull,
knd it woula be unfortunate if # after His i-iijesty's
Government had agreed to kr. Sampson negotiating a
concession with the sheikh with full knowled^ that the
concession was to go to the Iraq Petroleum Company
difficulties were subsequently to be raised over, ior
instance, such questions as the so -called "safeguards .
Mr. Starling/

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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.

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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