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'File 86/1 VI (D 97) Kuwait Oil' [‎90r] (200/486)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (242 folios). It was created in 7 Feb 1934-30 Apr 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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protection, etc., in the Neutral zone.
jir Loula Kersnaw suiu tout If oil concessions were
developed in Hasa and Koweit it would be extremely
uii'iicult to resist inaeXinitely toe grant oi" a concessio:
in toe Neutral Zone if both Ibn Saua and the Sheikh, as
seemed probable, were in favour of it. 'flie meeting
agreed and Uimeu to the consideration of the competitors
for a concession who had already appeared in the field.
These seemed to be;
(1) The Arabian Oil Development Syndicate
represented by Yulibi ana>5roup, in which
fcr. Janson of the Eastern and General
Syndicate had a considerable interest;
(2) The Iraq petroleum Company; am
(3) Hie Standard oil Company of California.
..r. Starling explained that since the Neutral Zone
was within the red line of the Iraq Petroleum Company,
the Koweit Oil Company, in which the A.P.O.C. and the
Gulf Oil Corporation each had a 50^ interest, would be
unable to compete for a concession independently of the
Iraq petroleum Company.
Sir Louis Kershaw said that it was presumably
politically most undesirable that the standard Oil should
obtain the concession,
IVir. fiend el agreed. He said that as far as could be
gathered from the information at the disposal of the
Foreign Office (Jedda telegram No.20 of 9th February)
Ibn Sauu had already given toe standard Oil Company of
California an option on a concession in toe Neutral Zone.
The position now appeared to be that the Arabian Oil
. -velopment syndicate, to whom Ibn Saud had also given
some encouragement, hoped to be M.ble to get round this
option by getting the Sheikh of Koweit to refuse to let

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The correspondence in the volume relates to three main areas of discussion:

The volume also contains file notes (folios 220-225) which list each individual item of correspondence received and its date.

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1 volume (242 folios)

The contents of this volume have been arranged in chronological order.

At the back of the file are several folios of file notes (folios 220-225) which list each item of correspondence in the volume, with dates, and provides folio numbers (described as page numbers in the notes) in the margin to enable them to be used as an index.

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Foliation: The volume is foliated with pencil numbers, enclosed in a circle, located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The foliation sequence runs from front to back covers. There is an earlier foliation sequence which uses uncircled numbers in the top right corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. and runs intermittently from folios 2-30. The following foliation anomalies occur: 1A-1E, 16A, 27A, 56A, 57A, 128A, 186A. Folios 83 and 84 are fold-outs.

Watermark: The watermark EllamS can be found on folios 60 to 65.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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