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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎8r] (28/470)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (223 folios). It was created in 27 Jan 1934-24 Mar 1934. 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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^ P.Z. /33.
N 9conversation on 15th DecsnibGr 1933
witn ivir. G. W, hand el, Foreign Office, on
future policy in regard to Qatar.
The Question of future policy in regard to
qciuar, do th generally ana with particular reference to
olio questions raised Dy any oil concession that might
be granted there, was discussed iniornally with Mr .Rendel
on one lt>tn DecemlDer*
On the question 01 general policy I recalled
that the position was that ^atar had an a rea of rather
over 3,000 square miles and a population of some 26,000
(1917) • Our xelections with it were governed by a Treaty
(on the general line of the Trucial Treaties) made with
the present Sheikh by sir Percy Cox in 1916. We had agreed
at the time that three articles of that Treaty, viz.,
Articles 7 (admission of British subjects to Qatar for
trade); 8 (admission of an agent on behalf of H.M.G.); and
9 (establishment of post and telegraph offices in Qatar),
snoula not come into operation for the present. We had
also given the Sheikh an undertaking in general terms to
grant him good olfices "should I or my subjects be
assailed b.y land within the territories of Qatar."
(Article 11). in 1921, the Sheikh had represented that he
was alarmed lest some of his townspeople should become
Akhwan and go over to Ion Saud and had asked whether
ri.-ui,Lr» would assist him should he be attacked from the
interior. He had been informed in reply that H.M.G. were

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The volume contains correspondence between 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. in 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. in Bahrain and the Secretary of State for India, on the Qatar oil concession, on the Southern boundary of Qatar and on the role of Ibn Saud in the negotiation.

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There is an index at the end of the volume ( folios 211-216).

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1 volume (223 folios)

The papers in this file are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume, on folios 211-216. The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The foliation is on top right-hand corner, starting on the first page of writing and finishing on the back cover. The numbering is in pencil, enclosed by a circle and starts with 1, then 115, 116A, 116B, 116C, then carries on until 221, which is the last number given. There is a second pagination on the top right corner, uncircled, starting on folio 22 (numbered 21) to folio 100 (numbered 99) and then from folio 116a (numbered 113) until folio 210 (numbered 207).

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎8r] (28/470), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/412, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 17 October 2019]

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