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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎28r] (68/470)

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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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vievii as at present advised; which vms that, so long as the
interests of rl.M.G. and of the Sheikh were adequately safeguarded
nothing should be done which would tend to hamper the conclusion
of an agreement between the Sheikh and the A.P.O.C; in the
immediate future. Delay would inevitably increase the risk that
the Standard Oil Company of California might actively interest
themselves in obtaining the concession. Were they once to enter
the field, they could rely on the active support of the U.S.
Government, and however strong the case on merits for any
special conditions which H.M.G. might be anxious to secure in
respect of Britisn control, British exploitation, British local
representation &c., we should almost certainly find it much more
difficult to have our way on such points when dealing with a
wholly foreign company backed by the U .S. Government than when
dealing with a company such as the Iraq Petroleum Company in
which there was a substantial British element.
The procedure proposed, with an important proviso which
the .Foreign. Office had already recommended to the 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. ,
would make it possible for the A.P.0.0. to pursue negotiations
immediately with the Sheikh with a view to reaching agreement on
commercial points, - such an agreement to contain no clauses of
a political character such as provision for jurisdiction &c.
While those negotiations were in progress, we could separately
discuss with the Company the points to be covered in the proposed
Agreement between the Company and H.M.G.: while the local
political authorities, after consultation with H.M .G. and the
Government of India, could press on with a settlement o± the
points in issue between H.M.G. and the Sheikh. The proviso to
which he had referred, and which if accepted should fully
safeguard the special interests of H.M.G.., was that a clause
should be inserted in any commercial agreement between, the
A.P.O.C. and the Sheikh to the effect that the Agreement could.
not/

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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)
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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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