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'File 82/27 VI (F 87) Qatar Oil' [‎7r] (26/454)

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The record is made up of 1 file (221 folios). It was created in 17 Jan 1935-30 Apr 1935. 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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Confidential. Office of 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.
I,.0.»o.C/17 of 1936. 1« •
Dated the 23rd February, 1936.
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I have been talking over the question of Qatar with
Loch. At the moment Mylles of the A.P.O.C. is there
negotiating for the oil concession with the Shaikh. He has
been negotiating now for about a week and, though very wisely
he is not hurrying matters, there should be some result I
think one way or the other in the near future: i.e. either
(^) he will have got the concession, or (B) the Shaikh will
have refused to give it to him.
2. In the case of (A)^ The Shaikh will have to be
presented with the Political Agreement between His Majesty f s
Government and the Company« He may raise some objections
to some of its clauses, but having accepted the Commercial
Agreement, and being naturally anxious to benefit by its
financial terms, his objections should be surmountable.
3. In the case of (B). Loch or I will have to approach
the Shaikh, but before we do so it seems to me that I shall
have to be authorised on behalf of His Majesty^ Government
to inform him (the Shaikh) in writing to the following
effect:
(1) That though we do not intend of course to force
him to give the concession to the a.p .O.C. -I. •C., under
the terms of Clause V of his Treaty of 1916 he is again
reminded that he is not permitted to give any concession
without His Majesty 1 s Governments permission.
(2) You will remember that when I saw the Shaikh last
April /
The Hon 1 ble Mr. H. A. F.Mete all; e,
C.S*I.,C.I.£.,M.V.O.,
Foreign Secretary to the Government
of India,
New Delhi.

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The volume contains correspondence and telegrams 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 Government of India, the 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. in London and Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives in regard to the negotiations with the Sheikh of Qatar, ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, for the oil concession.

The volume contains numerous draft agreements on the Qatar oil concession and also a 'Sketch map of Qatar Peninsula' (folio 22).

There are some letters in Arabic, to and from the Sheikh of Qatar.

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1 file (221 folios)
Arrangement

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 210-214). 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.

There is also a brief index at the beginning (f. 1v) indicating the main topics covered in the volume.

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The main 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 title page with 1 and 1A; then 2-21; 22 and 22A; 23-25; 26 is missing or omitted; 27-65; 66 and 66A; 67-127; 128, 128A and 128B and terminates at the last folio with 217. A second incomplete foliation sequence is present between ff. 29-160; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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