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'File 82/1 [I] (F 52) A.P.O.C. and Oil Concessions Arab Coast' [‎111r] (221/307)

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The record is made up of 1 file (151 folios). It was created in 30 Jun 1921-30 Apr 1923. It was written in English. 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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D. 0. No• /36 _ s .
r'l
To
fah.
1' ?
The Rosidency,
BUcjhirs, SOth TTarch 1923•

/
/
/hen I wag talking to you the other day at Moham-
merah about the negociationa v ;ith the ShoiKh of Kuwait, I
agreed that there would be no objection to embodying all
three licenses in one agreement, but I did not see the
draft at the tine*
oro has now sent an me the draft agreement for
perusal• As you know the ( iscussion between the Colonial
0 "ice and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company regarding this
matter was most detailed and prolonged* in the circums
tances, though I don't want to bo obstructive I do not see
how I can recommend the Sheikh to accept anything which
was not agreed upon in principle between His Majesty's
Government and the Company*
So .rticle I and Article 8 seem to me open to '
obj ;ction* Has the Company got the approval of His Majesty'g
Government to obtain from the Sheikh "exclusive privilege
to search for throughout the whole extent
of the territories under his control for a period of 60
yoars"? not I am afraid I cannot recommend this article
to the Sheikh as it stands* In the correspondence between
the Colonial Office and the Company I find nothing about
60 years exclusive lease* Besides this the red circle on
the draft Anglo-Turkish Convention of 191» was specifically
mentioned as the boundary of Kuwait territory and accepted
by the Company im paragraph 4 of their letter dated Slst
May 1922*
As regards Article 8, in Colonial Office letter
iat 14th August 1922 it is stated "as regards the relief
from Customs dues on plant and material Mr* Churchill
Sir A.T.Wilson, K.C.I.R., etc..
General Manager,
Anglo-Persian Oil Company Ltd.
Mohammerah*

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The file contains correspondence and telegrams between the Political Department and the Under Secretary of State at the 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. in London, Sir Winston Churchill (Secretary of State for the Colonies at the time), 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. at Bushire, 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. at Kuwait, the Vice-Consul at Mohammerah [Khorramshahr, Iran] and Anglo Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives regarding contacts with local rulers about oil concessions in Bahrain and Kuwait.

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The file is incomplete. Some letters, mainly containing pledges signed by Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. rulers not to grant any oil concession to anyone except with the permission of the British Government, were removed from the original file and forwarded to the Foreign Office in 1953. In these instances the former numbering sequence presents gaps, and these letters are replaced by folios indicating page numbers, sender, receiver, date and subject of the letter removed. These letters are now in FO 371/7723 and FO 371/104408.

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1 file (151 folios)
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The documents in the file are mostly arranged in chronological order.

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The main foliation is in pencil in encircled numbers in top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The numbering starts on the front cover with 1 and carries on until 153, which is the last number given on the back cover of the file. A former sequence runs from the first to the last folio of writing, pencil numbers (not circled) in top right recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio, not crossed through - the numbering runs 1-260 missing numerous numbers out. The reason is that some letters were removed from the original file to be forwarded to the Foreign Office in 1953, whereas the former numbering sequence presents gaps.

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