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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎78r] (174/730)

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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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out in this area shall not be of a merely blocking nature, but
that the concessionaire shall definitely intend to develop tlB
field, ani that the terms shall be reasonable frcm tlB point of
view of the Sheikh. He is broadly speaking c£ opinion that
exception need not be taken to the present agreement on either of
these grounds. The one question of importance which then
arises is the extent to #iich consideration needs to be gjvm..
to. the fact that the Eastern axxi General.. Syndic ate are known
to have displayed a certain interest in the question at
securing an oil concession in Qatar#
The Secretary of State appreciates the delicate
nature of the position in regard to the Government of the
United States of America as regards oil deposits in the Gulf.
In the present case, however,- ; 'the exclusive right which has
been granted to explore for oil fcr two years is expressed as a
renewal and extension of a previous permit; the Eastern and
General Syndicate have shown no signs of following up the
tentative enquiries which appear to have been made by them,
) the agreement itself is one yfcich may be regarded as suitable
from the point of view of the Sheikh; and ths Secretary
of State is of opinion, therefore, that, quite apart from the
general desirability of securing exploitation of these
deposits, if they exist, by a British Company such as the Anglo-
Persian Oil Company, there is no obligation on His Majesty's
Government to withhold approval frcm the exploration licence
now granted on the chance that the Eastern aixl General Syndicate
might desire to compete. Difficulty ought not, in his vlaw,
to be anticipated in furnishing any necessary explanatiai on
these lines to the United States Government, if any
representations in the matter should be received from that
Government.

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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)
Arrangement

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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