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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎13r] (38/470)

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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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'' e tio ' n admitted American interests to
^OP U!lc! concession ana the door was open to
t-liem in Kowelt. on the Trucial_Coast our present policy
was to exclude all oil concession hunters, whether
British or foreign, on the ground of the oackward
character of the area ana the risks involved. No interes
nt-.d oeen snown for many years by any company in oil in
Mscat- With Hasa we were not ourselves concerned,
ho suggestion could In these circumstances be made that
we nad rex used "to agree to an "open door" policy in the
Guli where oil was concerned when circumstances were
each a 0 to make this possible or had discriminated
against trie U.S.A. But the position in Qatar was quite
peculiar, as already remarked, it was an uncivilised
cuid unaeveloped Arao sheikhdom, the boundaries of which
wie unue; fand which non-Asiatic foreigners could
at present enter only with the Resident's permission;
t-di/h an unadministered nlnterland and a scattered
population, possiolllties of alfficulty with which in
the event of tneir contact with foreign labourers or
non-iisiatic suborainate personnel of the wrong type might
well be considerable. If any such trouble arose H.M.G.
i-.oulu either have to deal with it themselves or allow it
00 oe dealt with by the foreign powers whose nationals
were affected. To allow foreign powers to deal with it
woulu, 01 course, ce contrary to our general principles
in this part of the world, and tne sheikh was, for that
matter, precluded by his treaty engagements from having
any aeallngs with foreign powers or receiving their
1 ^preventatives. Assuming, however, that the responsabUlly

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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' [‎13r] (38/470), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/412, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 14 October 2019]

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