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'File 86/1 III (D 81) Kuwait Oil. Eastern and General Syndicate' [‎87r] (190/382)

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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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thus "being treated concurren'tly^ «nC thatj I
you will appreciate, waa the ctt!Ly correct course for His
Majesty's Government to take in order to secure the moat
acceptable terms for the Sheikh, If only in hie interest.
His Majesty's Government were naturally "bound, ee Sir J.hr.
Simon Informed At her ton in his note NO b E 1733/121/91 of
* the 9th April, to allow any interested company to consider
whether they wanted to apply for a concession, and if so
to give them time to do so* The Anglo-Persial Oil
Company formally renewed their efforts to obtain a
concession in Koweit in August, 1931 (not October as
mentioned in your memorandum) c
6, X regret that there has been delay in the whole
matter; I cannot of course at this stage say exactly when
the Sheikh will decide to grant a concession; I do hope,
however, that In the light of the preliminary information
I have now given, you will be a^lc to assure your
Government that there has been no desire on our part to
cause them embarrassment by any avoidable delay.
Believe me,
My dear Ambassador,
Yours sincerely,

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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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