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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎16r] (44/470)

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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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specific understanding, e .g. that the Company would in
^ its dealings with the Sheikh or the local inhabitants be
guided by our advice. (The te M s of any reply would, of
c ours 6 , turn on et npt o-r v- t t r* i ^ ^ •
^ Lnei or not n.-.G. had intimated their
readiness to agree to an American or other non-British
company obtaining and operating an oil concession and on
the terms of any such agreement, j
S. Mr. xtendel said that he appreciated the force of
the above arguments, and that while the whole question of
policy would, of course, have to "be considered on the
widest grounds and the points at issue would have to be
submitted to higher authorities, his personal first
impression was that it should be possible to make a strong
case for insisting, as regards Qatar, on conditions
regard in & m x wis n exploitation and local management on the
lines suggested. All this would, however, take time,
and meanwhile it seemed to him extremely important that
nothing should be done to delay the conclusion of an
agreement between the A.F.O.C. and the Sheikh, since any
such delay might well result in a purely American interest
(e.g.the Standard Oil of California which already holds
the Hasa Coast concession) coming in as a serious
competitor, and possibly acquiring the concession; in
which case .H.M.G. would be in a far more difficult position
than if they had to deal with the A.P. O.C. or even the
9» ^r.Rendel explained that in his view there were
tv/o types of questions involved, i.e. those between the
Company and the Sheikh, which would have to be dealt with
in the concession now under negotiation, and those between
the Company and H.M.G. , which might involve difficult

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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' [‎16r] (44/470), 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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