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'File 10/3 I Qatar Oil Concession' [‎210r] (440/468)

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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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CONFI^TIAL.
72 - D/7
7th November, 1933,
xhe. Hon ble the P ?litical Resident 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. ,
B u shire. '
Sir,
S /V r: I ?
7^ n/r; ^ ^ the honour to refer to our letter No.
< Vt / mm i October 1933, in which we stated that Mr.
o/ ;, : ^hisholm woula resume our discussions with H.B. the
shaikh of Qatar m Dohah shortly after 12th October.
n v. u beg t0 state that Mr - Chisholm arrived in
Uohah on loth Jctober, returning to Bahrein on 30th October.
»»nen in uohah discussions proceeded with the Shaikh, and
... have advanced considerably from the position as reported
in our letter No. 72 - D/7 of 2nd August 1933 to you. It
was not, however, possible to reach a final conclusion, as
certain points arose which had to be referred to our London
Principals for examination and decision, and it was therefore
agreed with the Shaikh to refer these points by telegram
to our London Principals and to convey their reply to him
as soon as possible, with a view to early conclusion of
these aiscussions. The Shaikh extended every courtesy and
consideration to our representative, and appears desirous
of concluding an agreement with us at an early date.
It has now been decided that Lr. Chisholm must
visit London for discussion of the remaining points out-
stancing between the Shaikh and ourselves, leaving Basrah
by Imperial Airways on 9th November. We are sending our
Mirza Juma to Qatar to inform the Shaikh that our resumption
of discussions with him will therefore be slightly delayed,
but that v/e look forv/ard to their resumption, and hope for
a successful conclusion, at an early date.
We have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servants,
For ANGLO-PERSIAN OIL CO., LTD.,
Copy to:- / — ^ Af-V -
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. , GENERAL MANAGER.
Bahrein.

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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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