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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎290r] (606/730)

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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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difficult. On tiie ooiier hand, the Company would clearly
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require soiiiB clBar uiicl6rsijd.riQing/tli6y.Ji^d. 1 ib8rt>y to ©rsct
such buildings, etc. as were essential for their purpose,
e.g. . refineries, pumping stations, harbours, pipelines,
workshops, etc. The meeting was incline a to think that
Hie slmplsst course might be to draw a distinction between
constructions of tnis nature and comnunications taken in a
broad sense - wireless, roads, railways, etc. - and that in
discussions with the Company we should aim in the first
place at making the Company's rights under the first sub
paragraph of tne article subject "to the agreement of the
Sheikh which shall not be unreasonably withheld", and if
endeavour to
this proved Impossible to/make a special exception in
respect of communications and wireless, putting them on a
different footing from the technical buildings required by
the Company. It was thought that here, as in the case of
Article 2, the importance of aslking extremely carefully,
having regard to local conditions might be impressed on the
Agt^wlgJ. (a) It was agreed that the desirability
of specifically safeguarding the position of any aerodromes
acquired by us in qatar should be considered in connection
with this article.
(b) Attention was drawn to the possibility that 1
considerable areas might be in the possession,not of the
Sheikh, but (as appeared in the past to have been the case
elsewhere on the Arab littoral) of the Jowasimi Arabs.
'I^at was, however, a point for the Company.
(c) The second sub-paragraph was too widely stated
shd did not sufficiently safeguard private possessors
against expropriation at the request of the Company. It
was agreed that the Company should be invited either 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.

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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