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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎33r] (78/470)

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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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political difficulties where our own nationals were
concerned, we were not prepared to in the case of
foreigners. Cn the face of it, too, we had a good answer
to any American complaint that such conditions represented
a refusal to maintain an open door policy in oil matters
in the Gulf. The Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. was closed to all
concession hunters, whether British or foreign. The
Bahrein oil concession had already been reassigned, with
our approval, to American interests; and the latest
information was that in Koweit, in which .American interests
had been allowed full liberty to compete, we should in
future be dealing with an Anglo-American combine. Our
excuse for restricting exploitation in Qatar to British
personnel would be the specie.! political difficulties
presented by that area.
Mr . Starling said that it was relevant, so far as the
nationality of exploiting personnel was concerned, that
■ Ibn Saud had agreed .that the concession granted in Hasa
to the Standard Oil of California should be operated by
American personnel.
Mr.Rendel said that the question of nationality of
the exploiting personnel and of the safeguards would
clearly have to be considered separately, but frcra the
Foreign Office standpoint it would be easier to impose
terms in respect of these on the'.C. than on a puiely
American Company, such as the Standard Oil Ccmpany.
Mr.Seal said that the question of safeguards for
pre-emption would probably be regarded as more important
from the Admiralty standpoint if the Qatar concession
were to go to a U.S. Company than if it went to the I.i.C.
The fact to be faced was that the Admiralty must., have the
oil in War, and %f the Company were American certain
dipl cmatic difficulties might arise whiph would be very

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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' [‎33r] (78/470), 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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