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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎77r] (172/730)

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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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INDIA OFi 1 !) E,
LONDON, S. T/. 1.
P.Z. 7118/32, 1st December, 1932.
Sir,
I am directed by the Secre tary of State for India to
say that be bas bad under bis consideration tbe correspondence
in connection witb tbe agreement between the Anglo-Persian Oil
Company and tbe Sheilch of Qatar, copies of which were forwarded
under your letter of 18th October, No.98116/32.
2. Under Article 7 of the Treaty of 3rd November 1916
between the Sheikh of Qatar and His Majesty's Government the
Sheikh is precluded from granting any monopolies or concessions
"to anyone whomsoever. «•••• •without the consent of the jlj.gh
British Governiuent 11 ■ For the reasons given below i^ix SaKme 1
Hoare is in favour of the grant of formal approval to the
agreement now under consideration. But he weald suggest that
(\\ 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 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. , in conveying to the
Sheikh approval of it, should remind him of the terms of
Article V of his Treaty and should make it clear that he is not
in a position to grant any concessions save with tbe consent cf
His Majesty's Gcvernment, and should suggest that he woxld be
well advised in future to inform the local political
authorities before actually entering into any such agreement.
The Anglo-Persian Oil Company might also perhaps be informed
demi-officially of the position and advised in their own
interests to keep the local political authorities and His
Majesty's Government in close touch with any action they may
wish to take with a view to obtaining fresh oil concessions here
or elsewhere in the Arab Principalities of tie 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. .
3. Sir Samuel Hoare, as Sir Philip Gunliffe-Llster is
m\ aware, attaches Importance to securing that any concessioi taken
Uader-Secretary" of State, out/
Colonial Office,
S. W. 1.

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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)
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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 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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