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File 10/5 I Saudi Arabia: Hasa Oil Concession; visit of Major Holmes to Saudi Arabia; Kuwait blockade. [‎20r] (62/496)

The record is made up of 1 volume (245 folios). It was created in 15 Mar 1932-9 Jan 1935. It was written in English. 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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is however so disgusted with the latest Saudi proposals
that| in view of the fact that his Principals show little
eagerness to increase their offer, he refused to consider
them and withdrew his earlier offer•
4. King, although still holding a low opinion of
Holmes, has, in order to increase the field of competitors,
agreed to his suggestion of a visit. Holmes claims that he
is only bound to the Standard Oil of California in respect of
concessions already obtained in the Persian Julf; you have,
doubtless, full particulars of these. He gives Philby to
understand that his immediate object is to obtain I bn Gaud 's
consent, so far as the King is co-interested with the Shaikh
of Kuwait, to concession in lleutral ^one and that he find
Standard Oil of California have a mutual understanding that
provided they do not interfere with his operations in Neutral
^one he will not interfere ?/ith them in Has a.
Nevertheless Holmes had evolved schemes for
Hasa, chief of which is to divide whole area into, say, 16
Blocks the big Oil Companies taking up sectionally as many
as they wish and according to their holdings contributing
payment approximating to the Minister of Finance''s demands.
Phil by is of opinion that the Saudi an Government might accept
such a plan but he doubts if Holmes, at present, has the
backing to carry it through.
Owing to lack of first-hand information and being
unable to cross-question any one concerned the above is passed
on with reserve. It is probable that King himself will
direct negotiations which may enter latest stage of activities
very shortly.
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The volume contains correspondence between the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in London, 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 and 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 on the Hasa oil concession in Saudi Arabia, the negotiations of the Standard Oil Company of California for the oil concession in Hasa and the visit of Major Frank Holmes to Riyadh to meet Ibn Saud.

The volume includes correspondence on the Saudi blockade against Kuwait, two copies of the Hasa oil agreement between the Standard Oil Company of California and the Saudi Arab Kingdom (folios 52-68 and 87-102) and correspondence on the application of the Standard Oil Company of California for permission to fly from Basra to Bahrain, which encountered resistence of 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, against the presence of American companies in Bahrain (folios 121-123 and following).

There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 212-223).

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1 volume (245 folios)
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The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume (folio 212-223). 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 written in pencil in the top right corner (between 44-82 the numbering can be found at the top centre of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. ). The numbering begins on the first page of text which follows 4 blank pages and terminates on the 5th folio from the back; at the rear of the volume there are 4 blank pages. Foliation errors: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d and 1e; 29, 29a and 29b; 137A and 137B; 159A and 159B; 169A and 169B; 171A and 171B; 179A and 179B.

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