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'File 82/27 VII F. 88. QATAR OIL' [‎27r] (62/468)

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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.2913/35. AIR MINISTRY, ^
ADA3TRAL HOUSE,
SECRET . KINGSVAY, W.C. 2.
26th April 1935.
c*b \ .Q-l
1V^ dear Laithwalte, |v'n '
With reference to the draft telegram to Powle
with regard to the conclusion of an agreement with the
Sheikh of C^itar in return for the agreement of un oil
concession to the A.P.O.C,, one gets the impression that
Powle is offering to the sheikh a guarantee of unlimited
protection which, as you will appreciate, we could not
possibly implement. We know, of course, that in point
of fact this is far from heing so and that Powle fully
understands the position in this respect and is acting
f'S a*2.7
in accordance with your telegrauM^583 and 585 of the 2nd
March 1934, to him. since when he has also seen the Air
Council latter 3*32797 of the 19th March 1934? so we feel
confident that he himself is fully in the picture.
Nevertheless we would "be grateful if in your
reply to him, you qualified paragraph 2 by adding words
to the effect that you presume he has impressed on the
Sheikh that the limited guarantee of protection which
are offering would not absolve him from taking all
possible measures to provide from his own resources for
his own defence and for maintaining order within his own
boundaries.
As I mentioned to you on the telephone, we
feel there might be a real risk of the sheikh tacitly
assuming that he need no longer bother about defence> and
'Gr« Laithwaite, Esq.*
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. ,
Whitehall,
3.W. 1. .

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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.

Physical characteristics

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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