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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎73r] (161/470)

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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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question, ana prima lacie it vvoula seem very ciout)tful
vJi^oh01 ion woula, unless some quite radical change
uaKcs place in the general situation, ds disposed to
iacc tne very serious conseQuences of the breach with
n.ivi.j. which a I lag rant disregard of his treaty
obllgauions woula involve, in these circunistances it
aoc-s not seem necessary to regard very seriouslv the
prohadility of a formal attempt at absorption.
5. The possioility of an attempt "by Ion Saud to grant
protection" to an oil concessionnaire in the hinterland
of Qatar is to some extent connected with the difficult
Question of what eastern limits H.M,G. recognise to Ihn
Spud's authority. The question of the boundaries of
Qatar Is oeing dealt witn in a separate Note. But it
appears probable that the Sheikh recognises as his
western and southern boundary line a line running south-
south-east across the base of the Qatar peninsula from a
point about 13 miles north of Doha t - a s - 3a 1 wa to a point
some 10 or 12 miles north of the Khor-al-Odeid. Ton
Saud's eastern boundary has not formally been defined in
any Treaty engagement with K.M.G. But the eastern
boundary of the Turkish Sanjaq of Nejd as constituted by
the Blue Line of the unratified Anglo-Turkish convention
of 1913 lies well to the west of the boundary of Qatar
suggested above by the Sheikh. While it is common
knowledge that Ibn 3aua exercises a strong and even
preponderant influence of an unofficial character to the
east of the Blue Line, possibly so far to the east as the
Bareimi Oasis, it is suggested that any effort on his
P^rt to exert or extend an officlal influence or formally
to grant protection east of that line to oil companies oi
others, should be strongly resisted, and that if the

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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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