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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎292r] (610/730)

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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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iiartours would of course be liable for any ordinary
import duty charged, but it would be unreasonable to give
the Sbelkh the right to charge harbour dues in addition
in respect of the importation of such goods.
iii'ticle 11 . Attention was drawn to the
correspondence which had taken place between the Political
Hesident and IvSr. Klklngton, ana also to the fact that under
Article 3 of the Qatar Treaty of 1916 the Hneikh was
precluded from obtaining arms, save under arrangements
therein defined, to be made and approved by it
was agreed that the Resident's view in the matter, as
expressed in paragraph 3a) of his letter dated 24th November
to Mr. Elkington, should be accepted.
— u: '- c ^ e assignment, it was recognised that this
aiticle raised fundamental questions ana that no decision
cou ld be tak en on it except after reference to higher
: n ,
authority, on the other hand it seemed desirable so far
as possible to clear the ground with a view to exploring
how far the Company were in fact prepared to go and what
their intentions were in the matter. It had throughout
Dev>n appreciated that as the A.P.O.G. were conducting
£is agents
negotiations in Qatar only/on behalf of the I.P.O., which
fes Itself an international Company containing only a
relatively small British element, it would not be possible
to p.dCtlce to insert lull British safeguards or provision
j - 01 j-Ull British control in the concession granted.
gea.]_ said that the Admiralty were of opinion that
rfoula D8 desirable to insert the following safeguards
An any assignment:
(a ) The assignee company to be registered in
Gr3 at Britain;
(b) The Company's office in Great Britain to be
^ D y a British subject;

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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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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎292r] (610/730), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/626, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 December 2019]

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