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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎81r] (180/730)

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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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P.2. 7118/32.
Enclosures in Colonial Office Covering ^Tote Ko. 98116/32,
dated 16th November, 1932.
F^IAL . Plans Division,
^ ~ ITaval staff.
Admiralty, S.W. 1.
4th November, 1932.
Dear Flood,
With reference to the draft despatch to the Politiccti
Resident 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. , concerning oil concessions in the
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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. , enclosed with your letter of 5th October, 1932,
the Admiralty have the following observations to offer i-
(i) In view of the fact that the agreement between the
Anglo-Persian Oil Company and the Sheikh of qatar has actually
been concluded, the Admiralty presume that paragraph 2 of
the draft will either be deleted or drastically altered.
(ii) As pointed out in Admiralty letter M. 01686/32, paragraph
7, to which no objection was raised at the Meeting on 15th
September, the Admiralty attach the greatest importance to the
Anglo-Persian Oil Company bringing 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. area
within their sphere of control.
In view of this fact and the discussion which took
place at the Meeting, the Admiralty feel that paragraph 3 of
the draft hardly reflects the opinion of the Meeting and
therefore suggest that this paragraph should read
♦♦On general and strategic grounds it would.^but it is
always necessary, for reasons of international|policy, that
each application should be handled with great care and that
no excuse should be given for an accusation against His
Majesty f s Government of unfair treatment. In general etc.,
etc., (as in present draft).
Yours sincerely,
Sd/- J.H.D, COTKINGHAM.
W, Flood, "^sq. ,
Colonial Office ( C0 Py forwarded to Balirain under P.L.I4o.77-S
of 23/1/33,ref. our J5io,41-S of 14/1/33)•
Ath'

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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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