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'File 82/27 VII F. 88. QATAR OIL' [‎34r] (76/468)

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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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Telegram xx
From Secretary of State for India, London,
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. in H.M.S.Fowey, Busiiireradio.
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Repeated Government of India, Simla* No#1441.
Dated 9tli (received 10th ) May 1935.
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Your telegram of 9th instant T/130. QAMR.
Follov^ing are views of His Majesty's Government
in the light of discussions betwee^i Departments concerned:
(a) As regards rifles Shaikh may be informed that
His Majesty's Government in case of emergency will deal
sympathetically with any request from Shaikh and will not
tie him to his quota of 600.
(b) They are opposed to granting Shaikh request in
regard to machine guns and armoured cars both because of
unfailing provocative effect on Ibn Saud and because of
uncertainty as to capacity of Shaikhdqm to produce people
competent to use them or even prevent their falling into
enemy hands. In principle too they are averse from allowing
machine guns and even armed cars to pass into hands of
Arab Rubers unless this is quite essential and could not
agree to provision of tanks or of "armoured cars" strictly
so-called. You should in these circumstances reply on this
point that Hi^ffiajesty 1 s Government have no reason to
anticipate a situation in v/hich possession of either machine
guns or armoured cars would be necessary to enable Shaikh
to secure his interests and that they are unable to give
him any undertaking of the nature he describes. If and
when such a situation arises they will be prepared to
consider any representation from him on the subject.
-Secretary of State forIndia.

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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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