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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎302r] (630/730)

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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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explanations on any points in connection with either Qatar or
Koweit which the meeting might wish to raise,
ii/r» vvakely said tnat subject to the opinion of* the
meeting he thougnt tnere might be advantage in informal
discussion such as the Company had suggested of the terms of
draft concessions. This procedure had been adopted with
advantage in the case of Bahrein, But it was important not to
short-circuit the authorities in the Gulf.
Mr. Walton and Mr. Laithwaite said that H.M.G. and the
Resident both felt that they had been kept rather in the dark
regarding the details and the course of the A.P.O.G.negotiations
with the Sheikh of Qatar. In particular they had no clear
idea of the financial terms which were "being offered to the
Sheikh for the concession.
Mr» Eraser said that it was difficult to arrange the
financial terms at this end and thought that this side of the
matter could best "be settled in the negotiations "between their
representative and the Sheikh of Qatar, He could assure the
meeting, however that the financial terms were likely to be not
ungenerous to the Sheikh. They might indeed have to be rather
too generous from the A.P.0.C.point of view, since the Standard
Oil Company of California had paid a very large sum for their
concession in Hasa and this could not be without effect on
their own negotiations.
Mr. Starling said that the Petroleum Department would
favour the adoption of Mr. Eraser ? s suggestion for informal
preliminary discussion in London of points arising out of the
<iraft Qatar concession but that if .they were to give their
opinion about any concession Qatar or Koweit they
would of course have to have some idea of the financial terms
since in some cases it was impossible to form an opinion
whether the terms of a concession were fair without having
this information.
Mr. Hearn (A.P.O.C. ) rein inded the meeting that Ramazan

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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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