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'D 93 KUWAIT OIL A.P.O.C. (82/1 VI) and E. & G.S. (86/1 IV)' [‎234r] (494/526)

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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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■oaken oy tne A.P.O.C. and the I.P.c. to secure a definite
concession in Qatar at which the general position seems to
have been discussed with some freedom. Mr. starling hah,
opai txoui uiiis ? given nim generally to understand the
pobiuioii as regards Koweit. I said in the first place, that
-o xuo uiib King's birthday, the Sheilch had received a
vyiy recently and there was, 1 understood, no
qutis uion of un iinmediate further honour for him. The
oujecoions xrom the point of view of our understanding with
the United States Government to giving him a special further
iionoar at tnls juncoure were patent. Mr. Hearn said he fully
appreciated this.
iio re^rds the visit home ? I "briefly referred to the
d-ubCuooio.aD v'viiicn nad previously taken place, of the general
bcjnst- ul vvnich iv.r. ne^rn was aware. I said that, anxious as
we might he on general grounds that the A.P.O.C. should
succeed in getting tnis concession, we were quite definitely
tied by the undertakings we had given to the United States
Government to give a fair field and no favour and that it was
obviously most important to ta k e no step which could admit of
misinterpretation. In these circumstances it was impossible
not to feel that if the A.P.O.C. were now formally to invite
tile Sheikh to England and he were to accept, and if on top of
tiiis H.Iv!.J. were to extend official recognition to him and
possibly offer him some hospitality, taat the Americans,
probably already by no means satisfied of our bona fiaes .
would regard it as a deliberate attempt on our part to
exercise influence, in a manner contrary to our undertakings,
in favour of the British company concerned, flalle 1 coula not
say what the view of the Foreign Office was likely to be, it
23eiiied improbable that it woula differ from this and I thought
^ in the circumstances definitely preferable that the
greatest caution should be exercised as regards any suggestion
of/

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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)
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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)' [‎234r] (494/526), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/623, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023609367.0x00005f> [accessed 14 October 2019]

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