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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎75r] (166/470)

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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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of settlements established in connection with oil operations,
or such blackmail as coula be levied on the oil
concessionnaire or the Sheikh as the price of non
interference. sis will be seen, neither the Political
Resident nor the Government of India, who have long
experience of this quarter, appear to regard the grant of
protection in present circumstances as involving very
• serious commitments^ The Air Council, whose officers have
first-hand personal experience of the Q^tar Peninsula, may
be able to throw further light on this point, subject,
however, to any view which may be expressed by them, there
seems a strong case for the acceptance of liability for
protection (since whoever obtained an oil concession in
Qatar an indirect liability would fall on H.M.G.), and for
using to the utmost the very substantial reassurance which
this should represent to the sheikh to persuade him to
grant an oil concession to the A.P.O.G. The grant of
protection would not absolve tne Sheikh from taking his
own measures so far as possible to defend his principality,
but it would cover any unprovoked aggression across his
southern boundary. If that southern boundary is, at any
rate as a temporary measure, fixed at the point v/hich the
Sheikh himself at present apparently contemplates, such
protection will be necessary against the nomad tribes of
the desert. If, for any reason (and it might well be
necessary to consider this) it proved necessary to claim
that Qatar influence or Qatar territory extended so far to
the west as the blue line, there would still be a danger of
incursions from the desert area to the south; the population
of nomad Bedouin using a Sheikhdom with such boundaries
would be substantially increased, and to that extent 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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎75r] (166/470), 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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