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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎7r] (28/730)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (361 folios). It was created in 11 Sep 1925-23 Feb 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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A.P-O.C.letter r^e Geologiat's visit to Qat3,t
i, u*JU\
Re Qatar^ please see pages flagged in the three'' ;
volumes of file 82 /1 submitted,and for the treaty
with Qatar please see page 11 of file 9/55-2. It
v/ill be fceen from the -end of the corresponden^ce
that the then P.R.was in favour of allov/ing the take up the conceesion in Qatar for v/hich
they had already applied,hut the Colonial Office
v/ere averse from giving this permission. ¥e can

address them again now if you wish,and enquire if
'they are now willing to alter their decision. As
the A.P.O.C.have already asked for the concession,
I think .they "should be held to it and made to sign ^
proper agreement on the lines of the Muscat one
,(page 271 file 82/1-5) and hot#be- allowed to sere a
geologist there for nothing." Incidentally there is
not much high ground*, in Qatar^the highest hill being
only 5CC feet highland there being .^nly one or two
' small ones in adtiit^ioja^the rem^ndjer of the country
^ WO
teing fl&U
/v /■. s^r + \ | f, #
u I Icon see no' inconvenienceni^'^fcovt.being
confronted with an^ appWtatiowe fcr concessions in
r-^V^ ~ ■ r
. | Qatar,more ©Speca^Hy. as they have already refused
^ I ^ v r.
A one from the Eastern and General'
I ^ j*r'
Possibly you v/ould li^e^to send t/He two extract
from Sir Arnold's letter marked in blue on Pages l&Z
to Colonies, with any observations that you may wish
to offer on the above lines and your views on the
present practicability of the proposals^ and ask
whether they are now prepared to consider the matter,;
and y if so, v/hether they wish to insist on a proper
agreement in the first instance.
As regards the Islands,this can perhaps be
considered later,but I may mention that Dalmah and
Yas belong to Abu Dhabi, and ITaair, to. Shargah
ana Jalul is, I believe,claimed by both Qatar and by
Abu Dhabi "

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The volume contains correspondence between 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 Bahrain and 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 Shaikh of Qatar and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives, including Haji 'Abdullah Williamson, the Colonial Office and the Secretary of State for Colonies in London, regarding geologic surveys of Qatar and Trucial States, the concession of an exploration license in 1926 and its renewal with an agreement between the ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Sheikh of Qatar, and APOC, in 1932 (folios 57-59).

The volume also contains notes of meetings and correspondence regarding the early stages of the negotiations for the oil concession in Qatar, and the 1933 draft oil concessions (folios 120-125 and 248-268), with comments.

There are documents in Arabic, mainly letters to and from the Sheikh of Qatar. Some of the documents in the volume are marked as confidential.

Extent and format
1 volume (361 folios)

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 331-345). 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, 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 first folio with 1, 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D; then 2-47; 48 and 48A; 49-97; 98, 98A, 98B and 98C; 99-283; 284 and 284A; 285-308; 309 and 309A; 310-313; 314 and 314A; 315-337; 338 and 338A and terminates with 349, which is the last number given to the final folio of the volume.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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