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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎17r] (46/470)

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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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questions of policy. The question of the safeguards to
be inserted in any oil agreement to preserve the British
character of the operating company on the lines suggested
above seemed to him to fall within the second category.
10. He therefore suggested that it should be made
clear to the Company at once that we should eventually,
in view of the peculiar political situation on the Arab
coast of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , have to insist on certain
safeguards before we could agree to any concession coming
into force. These safeguards would be of general
application and would apply equally in the case of any
concession which the Sheikh might grant. K.M.G. did not
wish, however, to delay the conclusion of an agreement
between the Company and the Sheilch by holding matters up
pending the discussion of the details of these safeguards
at this stage. They would therefore suggest that the
concession should contain a clause providing that it
should not come into force until H.M.G. had given their
written consent thereto. This would be in accordance
with the Sheikh's treaty obligations towards us. Our
eventual consent would then be dependent on our reaching
a separate agreement with the Company, which might be
embodied in an exchange of letters and which would contain
particulars of any safeguards it was eventually decided
to insist upon.
11. This would limit the immediate discussion to
outstanding points in which H.M.G. had a direct interest
between the Company and the Sheikh, such as the question
of jurisdiction etc., but would avoid any risk of the
concession being lost or delayed while arguments were

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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' [‎17r] (46/470), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/412, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 January 2020]

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