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File 10/5 I Saudi Arabia: Hasa Oil Concession; visit of Major Holmes to Saudi Arabia; Kuwait blockade. [‎47r] (122/496)

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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("Received under 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.
endorsement No.P.Z.3841/53)«
(E 3253/1 2/91)•
FOHEIGil O^ICIO,
S.w.l.
29th June, 1933#
My dear Laith?yaite,
With reference to your letter No.J 3 .2.3189/33 of the 19th
June, regarding oil conceBBions in Arabia, we entirely agree
that it would be desirable, if poanihle, that British interests
should' secure the Kuwait concession. On the other hand, the
undertaking which froro considerations of general policy we
, ' ■ *
gave to the Americans, commits us, as you know, to an attitude
of impartiality as between the Ang^o—T^ersian Oil Gompanv and the
American Group, who are competing for the concession through
the Eastern and General Syndicate.
P. I understand that in the course of the exhaustive
xnteroepartinei; 1 al discussions with -^owle, when he was o^er
heie, the Question what action we could, take in the circum
stances to improve the prospects of the Kuwait concession going
to an exclusively British Oompany was canvassed in all its
aspects, and that ^owle knows what we think he can do in the
matter within the above limits.
?• ®e agree of course that it would, be unfortunate that a
bloc of predominantly foreign oil interests should be formed
along the Arabian coast of 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. . But this appears
inevitable in view of the facts (l) that under the Iraq
-'etroleum Company Agreement, in the whole of Arabia with the
execution of Kuwait and the ^arasn Islands, no component
company of the Iraq Petroleum Company may take a concession
without first offering it to the Iraq Petroleum Company, and
(?) that the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, which is bound by that
agreement, appears to be the only entirely British company
interested in that part of the world.
4./
^• G• Laithwai t e Esqui re .

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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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