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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎15r] (42/470)

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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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areas of the Arab coast, on the ground that the
political conaitions there were such that we were not
prepared to lace the risks involved, responsibility for
dealing with which rested with us under our special
treaty relations with the rulers concerned. A type of
solution which had occurred to me personally as possible
was that we should lay it down as a general rule, to
apply to any oil company, whether British or American,
which might succeed in obtaining a concession in Qatar,
that, for the political reasons which 1 had just
explained, the exploitation of the concession ana the
local representations of the concessionnaire must be
wholly in British hands (no doubt a compromise could be
arranged as regards one or two highly expert individuals
if it proved impossible to fill their places from
British sources). No question of discrimination agair^b
American Interests would arise ana our justification if
we were challenged through the diplomatic channel would
oe that we had dealt with the case on merits; that the
political conditions of Qatar were quite special; that
while we were prepared to face certain risks in respect
of our own nationals we were not prepared to face them
in respect of those of ofcier countries; that we equally
intended to hold the Sheikhs to their special treaty
obligations to us in the natter of dealing with foreign
countries, and that while we did not propose
necessarily to stipulate that any company, which, or a
subsidiary of which, was operating in Qatar, should
itself be under complete British control, we could not
agree to exploitation or local representation save by
personnel of British nationality and subject to 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' [‎15r] (42/470), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/412, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 3 July 2020]

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