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'File 86/1 III (D 81) Kuwait Oil. Eastern and General Syndicate' [‎6r] (26/382)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (190 folios). It was created in 14 Jun 1932-31 Jan 1933. It was written in English. 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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19 f St.^withln's Lane,
London, E,C,4,
lOth June # 193E.
sir, \j^
With reference to your letter of 10^h j-ay 1932
(98026/32), I am instructed "by !ay Directors to Inform
you that on the 26th May 1932 kajor Frank Holmes, our
Eastern repre entatlve, renewed the application or this
Syndicate to the Sheiich of Kuwait for an oil concession.
Two (2) copies of the oraft concession that was submitted
to the Sheiich on the aforementioned date were on the 3ame
day furnished by Ma^or Holmes to the Political A^ent in
^ photostatic copy of the araft concession
submitted to the Sheikh on the 26th ultimo is herewith
enclosed and I am Instructed to request that you iclnuly
Inform us whether, after further consideration by you t the
conditions contained in Clause 8 thereof may be considered
satisfactory from the point of view of safeguarding the
Interests of His Majesty's Government, ana, il not, t»
ou please state wherein the saia conditions fail 'O tto cio.
In respect of the conditions in question, I am Instructed
to mention that tney are sliailar to those incorporated
by you in the Assi. nmeni; of the Bahrein Concession with the
specific object of safe uaraine; the Interests of His
Majesty 's Government.
The Under Secretary of State,
Colonial Office,
Downing S tr e e t,3 # # 1,

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The volume contains correspondence relating to the draft oil concession agreements presented to the Shaikh of Kuwait (Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ) by the Eastern and General Syndicate Limited, and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (A.P.O.C.).

The correspondence focuses particularly on the individual clauses within the two draft agreements and a comparison of them for the Shaikh in order that he can make an informed decision on which concession proposal is best for his country. The memorandum comparing the drafts is produced by the Petroleum Department of the British Government and two copies of it are contained in the volume (folios 48-64, 153-161).

Also included in the volume is correspondence between the US Embassy in London and the Foreign Office regarding what the US embassy view as unacceptable delays in the amount of time it has taken the British Government to discuss the question of the Kuwait concession and repeating their concerns that the Eastern and General Syndicate will not be compared favourably alongside the British A.P.O.C. proposal. Also outlined by the Foreign Office are their fears that the Government's delays in responding to the US in this matter could potentially affect more serious negotiations in the future between the two countries.

Other items of interest in the volume include:

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1 volume (190 folios)

The contents of the file have been arranged mostly in chronologically order.

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Foliation: The principal foliation runs from the first folio to last folios and consists of numbers enclosed in a circle in the top right hand corner. A second former sequence commences on the first folio of writing and concludes on folio 173, consisting of pencil numbers (not circled) in the top right hand corner. This sequence has gaps. Foliation anomalies: 1A-1D, 21A, 162A

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