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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎12r] (36/470)

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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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Bdhrsin "thyii ixiixiQ'ty "to work on "tns bus is of £111 opsn cioor
policy so fcir cis possitilc* On ths O u Iigt lirxnci "tiiG Inciici
Oiiica and Admiralty, while appreciating the Foreign Office
point of view, had been anxious to ao their utmost to
secure that for local political reasons, and in view of
our special treaty relations ana recponsibilities, any
development in these areas siiould be so far as possible
under British control. In trie case of Bahrein a compromise
had finally been reached which seemed at the moment to be
working satisfactorily, but wnich was not in itself ideal,
under which the American interests concerned had given
certain guarantees as regards the employment of British
personnel etc. The position in Koweit was at the moment
quite open and would have to be considered further in the
ixear iutui e• In tne case oi <^cttar it nad always oeen
accepted tnat trie A.«ir'*u#u•, ix tney secured their
concession, would have to transfer it to the I.p.G., which
was an international body containing only a relatively
small British element, but no commitment had been entered
into as regards the conditions in respect of British
representation and control which -K.M.G, (whose consent was
necessary to thegrant b^ the Sheikh of any concession)
would attach to their consent, ihe representatives of the
A.P.O.G,. in the meeting which had taken place at the India
Office on 14th December, of wnich a record was being
circulated, had been quite
to enter into any permanent commitment as regards the
British character of the exploitation of any concession
granted (although they had responded well to a suggestion
that certain connected safeguards might be covered in
exchanges of letters between and the Company) and the
point by agreement had been left over for further

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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' [‎12r] (36/470), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/412, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 15 October 2019]

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