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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎29r] (70/470)

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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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not come into force until trie consent of K.M.G. had been
obteined to its provisions,. Such a clause merely reaffirm d the
Slieikh 1 s existing treaty obligations and ought not therefore to
cause difficulty with him. Vis-a-vis the Company it would
emphasise the special position of H.,G. in the matter,
I^Lr. he:Kiel added that in his view it would be desirable
,that the conditions to be laid down in respect of British control
and exploitation of any concession^ in whatever form they might
emerge as a result of discussion by higher authority, and if
necessary of reference to the Cabinet, should be conditions
which would apply not merely to a British concessionaire but to
any other Company, of whatever nationality, which might endeavour
to secure a concession in Qatar, We had not yet thought out
in detail at what conditions it would be desirable to aim. the
questions involved were difficult and would need careful
consideration, and it might therefore be impossible at once to
inform the A.P.O.G. what precisely the conditions would be. Bat
so long as their general outline could be communicated, to the
Company without delay, and the Company given to understand that
whatever detailed conditions were finally laid down would be of
universal application, it ought considerably to reduce their
difficulties in negotiating either with the Sheikh or with the
Mr. Seal said that, so far as he could judge, the
Admiralty on the understandings stated by Mr• Rendel, were
unlikely to object to the x :r0Ge ^ lire suggested. He thought that
it was essential that the main lines of the agreement with H.M,G,
should be ccrnmunicated to the Company in the. ve.ry near future, .
in order to avoid any suggestion that the Company.had been
allowed to proceed with the commercial agreement with the Sheikh
on false px^etences: also that if any difficulty were to be

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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' [‎29r] (70/470), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/412, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 17 October 2019]

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