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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎35r] (84/730)

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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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8. With regard to the Islands, which are nearly all
uninhabited, the position is different.
As in the case of Abu Musa and its red oxide
concession, the Chief concerned will probably jump at any
proposal for a concession.
9. Until the probablf existence of oil in any part of
the mountainous Ruus al Jabal has been discovered under the
Muscat Government's concession it does not seem likely that
the minds of the Trucial Chiefs will be disturbed by propos-
-als from either the Anglo-Persian Oil Company or the Eastern
and General Syndicate, which is now installed at Bahrain.
Qatar .
10. The potentialities of oil here seem greater. The
conformation of the peninsula may not be dissimilar from that
of Bahrain. I have been told by Major Holmes, the Syndic-
-ate's Agent and Engineer, that artesian wells can probably
be sunk in Qatar as successfully as in Bahrain.
11« I saw Shaikh Abdallah bin Jasim on the 9th January.
He told me that he had had no cause to complain against Ibn
Baud's Governor of Hasa during the past year and that he was
in friendly correspondence with His Highness. IShen I
mooted the question of the geologists walking over his country
his only scruple was on the score of security. I think
that this, when the time comes, will probably be arranged
12* As regards the bringing into H^iKxsdctoK effect of
the partial operation of Article VII of the Treaty of 1916,
1 gathered that the Shaikh was still averse to having Hindus
in his jurisdiction. This is because he is, himself, the
chief pearl dealer in Qatar and he does his business with
India through an Arab merchant in Bahrain. He does not
welcome the competition of Hindus.
13. If the Chief should ever come to an agreement with

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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.

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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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