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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎11r] (34/470)

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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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(tiic population of Dohah iri 1917 was about 12,000); its
population was backward ana appeared to be to a large
extent nomadic Bedouin; and the ordinary resources of
civilisation wnich were to oe found in varying degrees
in Koi/veio, ounrain and iwuscatwere entirely lacking. On
the other hand, if there was to be a serious oil
development in the country, accompanied by the erection
of ela.Dora uc; ouildings, refineries, etc., and possibly
oy one introuuc uion ox individuals of various
nauioxialiuies, it would probaoly be essential to have a
Political Officer on the spot to exercise jurisdiction,
^nd, on^e the concession had oeen negotiated, to serve
(as in Bahrein) as the channel of correspondence between
uie Company and the Sheikh. Clearly, however, large
Questions oi policy were involved, and it was conceivable
that it might be necessary in the long run to bring
lorciole pressure to Dear on the Sheikh to secure our
desiderata. If it came to that, it was not irrelevant
uhoot ^atar, which was a rectangle ol 'which the two long
^idos and one snort side were oounded by the sea, was in
-■oni- No.js a,Iraosu as open to foreiDie pressure as an
island such tts Bahrein, altnough nothing could of course
be done in the desert hinterland..
^ So much for the general political position.
The next Question to consider was the problems which
might arise in connection with the grant of an oil
concession to the A.P.0#C. or any other Company. The
Foreign Office had always made it clear that they were
anxious to walk very carefully in this part of the world,'
so as to avoid an oil war with American oil interests
over what was on a long view a relatively unimportant area.,
and had emphasised in connection with both Koweit and

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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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