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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎308r] (642/730)

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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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jki> eraser said that hitherto the Americans and the
Sheikh had been allowed to negotiate direct and that if
that policy were now changed it would have an
extremely had effect both on the Gulf oil Company and
on the Sheikh. Mr. Wakely said that H.M.G. could not
commit themselves on this point and that the Departments
concerned would have to consider the matter.
tor, felton asked whether, when the arrang ements
with the Gulf Oil Company had been completed, the
A.P.O.C. would inform H.M.G. of the position.
fer. Eraser said that if Mr. ! /valton meant that the
A.f fC 1 «o. should show H.M.G. a copy of their agreement
with the Gulf Oil Company the A.P.O.C. would have no
objection but he thought that this might be
embarrassing for H.M.G., who, as Mr. Wakely had
explained, had to consider the interests of the
Sheikhs. In making their agreement with the Gulf Oil
Company the A.P.O.C. had had in mind the protection
of their own interests (in which they had, he thought,
tie en very successful) and not those of the Sheikh of
Koweit and it might embarrass H.M.G. in advising the
Sheikh if they had previously seen the agreement
reached between the A.P.O.C. and the Gulf Oil Company.
From our standpoint it would no doubt be satisfactory
if the Sheikh received a substantial yearly sum,
irrespective of whether the concession was actively
operated or not. Any draft oil concession would, of
course, be shown at once to H.M.G.
In conclusion Mr. Fraser again emphasised the

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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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