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'D 93 KUWAIT OIL A.P.O.C. (82/1 VI) and E. & G.S. (86/1 IV)' [‎128r] (280/526)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (259 folios). It was created in 1 Feb 1933-30 Jun 1933. 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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two he already knew. Philby he was much impressed with,
especially his talented wife.
(f) He added that a Swiss and Italian were also at
Jedda, both after *011*.
(g) Prom ?liat he had gathered whilst at Jedda, Bin
Saud intenied collectiDg all applicants* draft conces
sions, and would study these at his leisure* Bin Saud
would, however, decide nothing till the end of May#
He certainly would not tell the various concession
hunters this. (This confirms what K .B.Abdul Latif
said to me).
(h) He (Major Holmes) was sending his wife home frcm
Kuwait by first available air mail (probably 4;th May)
(This may presage an early departure on xiolmes's part
also, ana rather suggests my belief that nothing will
be settled till ttie cold weather sets In again).
(a) Althougi Major Holmes is supposed to be "persona
non grata" with Bin Saud, it would be unwise to suppose that
for this reason his chances of getting a concession for the
Neutral Zone from the King were poor. The astute Bin Saud,
who always takes the 'long view', might easily think it
well worth his *hile to back Major Holmes in order to assert
his influence over the Shaikh of Kuweit by forcing him to
give Kuwait also to Major Holmes. To the Arab world thi-
would mean that Kuwait was under his (Bin Baud's) pc^i ^.al
control, much as Qatar is believed to be. Such a move
would not necessarily be unpleasing to the Shaikh either,
even though he might make some sacrifice financially,
(b) Again, also it must not be forgotten that the
Shaikh, early in March, asted Major Holmes to prepare a new
j „ imder which 1200 square miles would
draft "twin* concession, under wm
go to the British.^sq^rf 8°to Ihe Americans, thrVugh

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The volume contains correspondence and telegrams between the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India and the Secretary of State for the Colonies 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. at 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. at Kuwait and and Eastern and General Syndicate Limited (E.&G.S.) representatives. The main subject is the negotiations for oil concessions in Kuwait between APOC and Eastern and General Syndicate Limited, represented by Major Frank Holmes.

The volume also includes some letters, in Arabic and in translation, from and to the Ruler of Kuwait, Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ, and correspondence regarging him being invited to visit London as guest of the Eastern and General Syndicate (folios 73-74). On folios 155A-166 'Final Record of a Meeting held at the Colonial Office on the 26th of April, 1933, to discuss various questions relating to Oil 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. ', regarding Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar.

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1 volume (259 folios)

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 237-244). The file notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with reference numbers in red crayon, which refer back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The foliation is written in pencil, not circled, and can be found in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

The numbering commences at the title page with 1, 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D; then 2-23; 24 and 24A; 25-45; 46 and 46A; 47-110; 111, 111A and 111B; 112-154; 155 and 155A; 156-176; 177-178 are missing or skipped; 179-185; 186 and 186A; 187-215; 216 and 216A and then it carries on until 245, which is the fifth folio from the back of the volume.

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'D 93 KUWAIT OIL A.P.O.C. (82/1 VI) and E. & G.S. (86/1 IV)' [‎128r] (280/526), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/623, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 14 October 2019]

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