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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎300r] (626/730)

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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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Mr. Fraser then circulated copies of the draft concession
which Mr. Chisholm was taking out to Qatar. Mr. Wakely
that the draxt could best be considered department ally
in the first instance, and this was agreed, Mr. Fraser, howeTer,
emphasising the anxiety of the Company that it should be dealt,
with as expeditiously as possible.
Mr. Fraser then turned to the activities of the A.P.Q.C. in
Koweit• Here the position was different since Koweit was outside
the area covered by the I.P.O. Convention# For some time past
the A.P.O.C. and the American Gulf Oil Company had both been
negotiating for a concession in Kovfeit, but hitherto the A.P.O.C.
had been unable tq reach any agreement with the Sheiidi.
The Anglo-Persian Oil Company were most anxious that there
should not be a rival foreign oil concern in Koweit on the flank
of their own operations in Persia and this was why they had
themselves wanted to obtain a concession in Koweit. They
had all along felt themselves at a great disadvantage in
negotiating at Koweit in competition with the Gulf Oil
Company, a very wealthy concern, owing to the danger that by
granting too favourable terms to Koweit they might involve
themselves in difficulties with the Persian Government who might
also accuse them of frittering away their energies outside Persia.
Kiey had therefore considered it desirable to endeavour to make
an arrangement with the Gulf Oil Company* An arrangement ox a
nature which fully safeguarded the interests of the A.P.O.G., to
work jointly with them for a concession through a new Company to
he formed on a 50/50 basis, had been signed, and now only awaited
ratification, a decision as to which was expected this week.,
^he negotiations with the Sheikh if the agreement in question
was ratified would be carried on by Mr* Gass, acting on behalf of
A.P # o .C ., and assisted by Major Holmes, on behalf of the Gulf

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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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