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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎91r] (200/730)

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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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Resident to Shaikh Abdullah bin Jasim.
4. In the meantime,the presence of the explorers of the
Anglo-Persian Oil Company Limited,and the possibility that
prospecting may follow,mean that,whether it is agreeable to us
or not,our relations with Qatar must become closer and our
responsibilities in various directions will increase.
5. I feel,therefore,that it is of importance for me to
visit Qatar from time to time and to endeavour to establish
friendly personal relations between myself and the Shaikh
before I am called upon either to enter into negotiations for
objects which cannot but be distasteful to him,or to help,or
settle matters arising out of, the operations of the Anglo-
Persian Oil Company Limited. I shall be assisted to some
extent by the fact that I have already met Shaikh Abdullah bin
Jasim al T'hani in the far past: indeed,! was present at the
final handing over of the Treaty,but I am anxious to pay him
more than one* visit,at fairly long intervals,without demanding
anything from him.
6. I regard it,moreover,as essential that,in the beginning
at any rate,my visits should be paid in a leisurely and dignified
manner on board one of His Majesty's Ships. Indeed,though I
fully appreciate the value of air travel and the courtesy of
the Royal Air Porce in placing Flying Boats at the disposal of
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. ,I fear that,owing to the hasty circumstances
in which the request for the use of a landing ground at Dohah
was made and to the consequent rebuff which was administered to
us,it would handicap me from the outset,if I were to travel to
Qatar by air. The Senior Naval Officer was kind enough to say
tnat he would try to arrange for me to go there in a Sloop,and
I request that,if there is no objection,he may be asked to do
so in the near future.
7. I have already paved the way for a visit by taking
.. Shaikh Abdullah
a suitable opportunity of recalling to iaaa the pleasant occasion

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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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