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'File 82/27 VI (F 87) Qatar Oil' [‎131r] (280/454)

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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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82/27
Telegram xx
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To 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. , Bushire. No.1127.
Repeated Government of India, New Delhi. No.1128.
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. , Bahrain. No.1129.
Dated 8th(received 9th) April, 1936.
Secretary of State for India, London.
My telegram of 3rd April No•1076 paragraph 3.
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QATAR OIL. .
His Majesty's Government In agreement with Govern
ment of India always regarded surrender of jurisdiction over
(non-Moslem) foreign subjects as indispensable pre-condition
of their consent to grant of any concessions by Shaikh under
Article V of Treaty but in. the interest of forwarding
negotiations between Anglo-Persian Oil Company and Shaikh
have hitherto on your recommendation abstained from taking
up this point with him (please see 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. letter to
Foreign Office, P.Z. 628/34 of February 1st 1934 paragraph
2 (e)). It seems clear however in the light of Shaikh's
demands that Shara Law shall govern cases in dispute between
Company's employees and his subjects that issue must now be
faced. His Majesty's Government suggest in these circum
stances that (after brief interval of some (? days to
enable) Mylies to resume his negotiations) you should
yourself proceed to Qatar and inform Shaikh that His
Majesty's Government have learnt of his proposal to Company
on this point and (using whatever language you think fit)
that you are instructed to make it clear that it is one
which they cannot approve and that indispensable pre
condition of their approval to grant by him of any
concession to whomsoever it may be, is a definite

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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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