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'File 82/27 VII F. 88. QATAR OIL' [‎5r] (18/468)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (230 folios). It was created in 16 Apr 1935-28 Jun 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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P.Z. 2722/35.
BRITANNIC HOUSE,
PINSBISY GIHGUSs
LONDON, E.G. 2.
15tti April 1935.
J.G. Laithwaite, E sq ., C 4 I,S.,
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. ,
S»W. 1•
Dear Laitlawaite,
Mylles telegraphs from qatr that, as a result of an
informal meeting, the shaikh is still insisting upon a
specific provision for payment for arms, and if the
provision for jurisdiction of the shara Courts,over
foreigners is removed from the concession he will refuse
to sign until Government ogree to his demands. Mylles
states that the shaikh regards these two points as vital
to his independence as a ruler.
We understand from My lies that the political HesMoctt
is due to-morrow at Dohah, ana that Mylles has also
informed 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 Bahrein that the time
appears ripe for a declaration hy H.M.G.of their policy
to the Shaikh.
If in that declaration H.M.G. could definitely
inform the shaikh that they would not approve of a
concession to any party proviaing specifically for the
purchase of arms for the shaikh, and for the jurisdiction
of the shara courts over foreigners, we feel that the
position should tie materially assisted.
In that event we would tell Wylles to go ahead and
endeavour to clear up tne financial position, since in
the absence of any reference to this it would look as if
Iviylles had not yet got to a aiscussion of casn. He is
however to have a fornal meeting with tne shaikh to-day
if the Shaikh's health permits, and it is likely that the
first question discussed was "Have you brought hack an
acceptance of all my requirements?".
Yours sincerely,
(Sd.) L. LEPHOY.
P.3. Following my conversation with you this afternoon
we nave instructed Riylles to represent to the political
Resident on arrival our objections to specific provisions
for the purchase of arms, ana to obtain the Resident's
support on this point. Mylles has further been reminded
that he can count on the Resident's support on the
jurisdiction question.
L.P.

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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 final negotiations with the Sheikh of Qatar before the signing of the oil concession.

The volume contains:the Qatar oil concession, signed by the Shaikh of Qatar, ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, and APOC on 17 May 1935, in Arabic and English (folios 67-86) 'Sketch map of Qatar Peninsula' (folio 87); agreement 5 June 1935 between the British Government and APOC regarding the Qatar Oil Concession (folios 211-212).

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

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1 volume (230 folios)
Arrangement

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 222-226). 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 an brief index at the beginning (f. 2) 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, then 2-86; 87 and 87A and it carries on until 229, which is the last number given to the last folio of the volume.A second foliation sequence runs between ff. 3-220; 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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