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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎288r] (602/730)

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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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well to impress upon them the delicacy of the position.
Bie meeting agreed and thought that this might he put
to the Company as a general point in connection with the
article 5.. Tne Petroleum Department suggested that
it would he desirable further to safeguard the interests
ol the Sheikn oy amplifying this article on the general
lineb of Articles 12A and 13 oi the A»P«0»C«'s Persian
concession. The effect would oe to require the Company
to preserve the deposits of petrol, if any, and to
utilise the latest scientific methods in their operationr
It was agreed that this should he put to the Company.
Article 4 . This article was likely to he/of the
greatest importance to the Sheikh. The Foreign Office
expressed the view that, subject to consideration of our
own interests and those of the Sheikh, it was desirable
to meet the A.P.O.C. so far as possible in view of the
undesirability of bringing In American Interests if this
could be helped. The petroleum Department agreed, and
the Admiralty said that they thought their higher
authorities would probably also agree, subject to the
reservations in question, as did Mr. Laithwaite.
Mr. L8.ithwaite said that the Company had already
inade it clear that they did not wish to disclose their
bargaining figures at the moment and we could not very
well press them to do so. On the other hand, it would
te material, in considering the terms to be accepted,
that under the present concession they were to receive
an exclusive licence in respect of the whole area of
Qatar . some 3,000 square miles.
Mr. star 1 inp said that the use of the phrase
"exported from or sold for consumption in" raised an
Important point. This formula was one which had been
^sed in the Persian concession. The effect would De to

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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)

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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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎288r] (602/730), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/626, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 11 December 2019]

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