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'File 86/1 III (D 81) Kuwait Oil. Eastern and General Syndicate' [‎39r] (94/382)

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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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PSRSIA1' GUL.i? ,
C OITFISE - TI /Jj >
Sir,
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Dov/niria Street, ^2,
September, 193::.
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I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt
of your confidential despatch of the 25th of August,
No. 36 of 1932, forwarding a revised copy of the
proposed agreement between the Anglo-Persitn Oil
Compsjiy and the Shaikh of Koweit.
2, I enclose for your confidential information a
copy of a note from the United States Embiissy in London
to the Foreign Office, together with the re^ply which
has been returned, From this reply you will see that
the two draft concessions submitted by the Anglo-Persistn
■ ■mi*'*
Oil Company and by the Eastern and General Syndicate are
at present being examined with a view to a thorough
comparison of their terms, i nd that it is proposed to
communicate the result of that examination to the Shaikh
of Koweit in order that he may reach his own conclusion
as to the respective merits of the two offers. Pending
the conclusion of such examination, which must of
necessity occupy some tine, I m of opinion th; t it would
be inadvisable that the terms of the concessions should
be discussed with either of the applicants, either in
London or by you or 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 Koweit, and
I suggest for your consideration that the Sheikh of
Kov/eit should be advised in the same sense.
3.
THE HOITOURABLB
THE POLITICAL Kli^ID^lTT
IN THE PJRSIAIT GULF.

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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)
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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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