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'File 82/27 VI (F 87) Qatar Oil' [‎70r] (154/454)

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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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lo-pessian oil company, limited,
LONDON AND ABADAN.
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telegraphic apdress:
"ANGLOPERS."
( GONFIDEFTIAL )
ABADAN,
PERSIAN GULF Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .
NO.-
GM/X6ZL
My dear Fowle.
DATED-—
17tli March 1935.
QATR N EGOTIATIONS.
I am so sorry that Mylles was unable to make contact
with you prior to your visit to India, as it would have given us
the opportunity of consulting you with regard to the position at
Qatr, especially in connection with those points which the Sheikh
has raised vaiich are more of a political than a commercial nature.
I enclose herewith a copy of our latest report which
has been despatched to London from which you will observe that
there are issues involved which are not strictly speaking within
the province of a Commercial concern viz. Article 11 (protection),
Article 17 (Rights of Foreigners to reside in Qatr), Article 18
(Trial of Foreigners in Qatr). We should be glad of your advice
as to the attitude we should adopt towards the Sheikh over these
demands and it would assist us if you could indicate the action
you propose to take in the matter.
In the event of a deadlock, the cause will undoubtedly
be that the Sheikh's demands both general and financial will be such
that we cannot regard them as reasonable or commercially justi
fiable. I presume that under these circumstances H.M. Government
would not per mit" the Sheikh to grant a concession on easier" and
mo're""favourable terms to say "the Standard Oil Company or any other
go reign company. On the other hand, if the Sheikh were disposed
^Co^granf a "concession on much easier and more favourable terms to
a British interest e.g. the Eastern General Syndicate, would H.M.
Government be prepared to intervene in our favour in view of our
position in the Gulf and the fact that we are an Oil Company and
not merely concession hunters.
Yours sincerely ;
af-o —
Lieut-Col. T .C.W.Fowle, C.B.E.,
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. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ,
Bu shi re.

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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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