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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎14r] (40/470)

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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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for n and ling the situation devolved upon us, it was
evident that we were faced with a far more difficult
problem in Qatar than elsewhere. Bahrein was an
Island and easily suoject to pressure from the sea.
Pressure, at any rate on the sea front and on the
capital could also he brought to hear in Koweit,
though the situation there had many points of
lesemolance to Qatar, and special safeguards on
similar lines might have to be considered. Iraq and
Persia were both more or less civilised countries with a
central authority, with a regular system of government
and without an unaarninistered hinterland. But the
responsibilities in which we might be involved in the
case of Qatar, running as it did back into trie desert,
with its absence of regular supplies, etc., might be
very serious indeed. Having regard to this
(assuming that we could not, as on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ,
prohibit any oil development) was it quite impossible for
Ub to adopt the same line in the matter of oil in Qatar
as we had along the whole Arab littoral in connection
vvith air procedure? There, with the concurrence of
the Poieign Oflice ana the other interested Departments,
he haa adopted a lacade policy, which we proposed, if
and when the time came, to apply to Qatar also, securing
lor ourselves complete control of air facilities, civil
01 military, oeiiind the iacaae of the Sheikh, and
declining to allow loreigners to use the Arab air route,
save on a line laid down by us, or to visit certain

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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' [‎14r] (40/470), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/412, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 22 August 2019]

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