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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎116cr] (252/470)

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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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P. Z. 1350/34.
Note of discussion with 3ir ^ercv Cox on 2Qtii Feoruary
on cues tion of bounaaries ot Q ata ^ .
Consequent on the recent investigations into the
southern uounaary 01 : ^atar Sir Pex'^cy Cox was good enough
to come to the Inaia Office on 20th February to discuss
uxie con ve i sat ion s reported in Colonel Dickson's despatch,
Confiaential No•14^5 oi 4on July, to have taken place
between Sir Percy, Ibn 3aua ana iViajor Holmes, in
November/Dec ember 19^2.
2. 3ii' > Percy Cox saio, tnat he had kept no private notes
as to what passeci at nis meeting Vvith Ion Sauct on the
occasion in Question, .anything he had reported or
recorded on the subject would have been left on the
recora at Baghaad; but to the best of his recollection
ana belief the facts and circumstances were as follows;
The specific object with which, accompanied by Iraq
representatives ? he went to meet Ibn 3aua at Ojair was to
induce him to ratify tne Lohammerah Agreement of 5th fey
1922. Sir Percy proceeded to the rendezvous without any
knowledge tnat he woula there meet ivxajor Holmes or would
have occasion to express any opinion as to the boundaries
of the i^atar Peninsula; but learning from Major Holmes,
end from tne map that he produced, that he was endeavour
ing to obtain from Ibn Sau^ a concession for exploiting
oil in an area which included the Qatar Peninsula, he
(Sir Percy Cox) naturally informed Major Holmes - and no
dou'ot Ibn Saud also - that this could not be. If he
had then been asked, as he doubtless must have been,
what he considered should be excluded, as constituting
Qpitar, sir Percy woula unaoubtedly have basea his answer
on his own knowledge, as Resident in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. for
many years; namely, that, on the east coast, Qatar's

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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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