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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎286r] (598/730)

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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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The otner Departments concerned expressed
their general agreement, in particular as to the
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importance of/any commitment on the Question of
assignment or safeguards. The meeting then proceeded
to consider tn^ revised draft put forward oy the
Company.
PreamiJie . It was agreed that no question arose
on this.
jjit iclo ! ■ Attention was drawn to the fact that
the levised aroicxe gave exclusive rights "throughout
tne o^a00 ox U-ir• * B10 area involvod was > so far
as could he estimated, something over 3,000 square '
miles. It was decided that no objection need he
taken to the grant of an exclusive concession to the
Company and that it was unnecessary to require that
the rights of exploration, prospecting and mining
should be specified in separate schedules. The
Petroleum Department drew attention to thetact that
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the article as revised gave the Company the exclusive
right to "carry away" the substances which it was
entitled to secure, but saw no objection to this.
Mr. Laithwalte said that the Government of India
had sent a reminder to 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. on the
question of the boundaries of Qatar. If tils question
was raised by the company it would be better not to
comnit ourselves. We could wait to see what map they
produced.
ALlMleg-The following points wers rais0d:
(a) tho dosirability of making provision to
safeguard the position of aerodromes' It was agreed
that this should bs put to the Company, though tho
Vision was complicated by the fact that we had not
Jet acquired a permanent sits.. In reply to a question
Mr. Lalthwaite as to the probability of any special
.Admiralty/

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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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