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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎277r] (578/730)

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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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^GLO-PERSIAN^OIL company, ltd.
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ABADAN,
P ersian G ulf, 23?d december, ]923,
The Hon'ble 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.
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Further to previous correspondence regarding our nego
tiations with H .E. th e Sh aikh of Qatar we now have the honour
to report the latest stage in these negotiations, which is
as follows.
Mr. Chisholm arrived in Dohah on 15th December, and
discussions took place with the Shaikh on 16th, 17th and 18th
December. It was explained that as the result of our previous
discussions we had redrafted the general terms of our proposals
so as to cover various points which the Shaikh wished to have
included in them, and we had also decided to offer him cash
terms considerably in excess of those previously offered.
At the Shaikh's request Mr. Chisholm gave him an Arabic trans-
• lation of our proposed new general terms (as forwarded to you
/under cover of our letter GM/1327 of 15th December) omitting
Article 4 which concerned only the cash terms; as regards the
cash terms Mr. Ghisholm also communicated to the Shaikh the
figures which we were now prepared to offer.
The attitude adopted by the Shaikh however was, while
admitting the length to which we had gone to meet him as regards
both general and cash terms, to refuse any offer which did not
emh^oyjto the full the very large demands made by him at our
Q ^obe r^ aiscuss lon &l He made quite plain his opinion that, if
we would not accept his terms, there were other parties who
would be ready to do so on the expiry on 25th August 1934 of our
current agreement with him.
As the Shaikh could not be persuaded to abandon this
attitude, Mr. Chisholm suspended negotiations and returned to
Abadan on 21st December. The Shaikh, while expressing regret
that agreement could not yet be reached, and stating that unless
his demands could be accepted in full it was unnecessary for our
representative to revisit Qatar, said that he would be glad to
receive and consider any communications received from us.
We have reported on this situation to our London Principals
and will inform you in due course of any further developments.
We have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient servants,
For MGLO-PERSIAN OIL CO., LTD.,
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£opy to:- GENERAL MANAGER.
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. ,
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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)
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.

Physical characteristics

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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