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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎14r] (36/468)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (230 folios). It was created in 24 Jul 1935-15 May 1937. 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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(iii) Secondly, British claim to have had a treaty
with the Turks and the Turks allowed tnem some lands. Bin
authority or control in those lands nor did they keep order
in Easa or its vicinity (b) that alleged treaty was signed
only after he had occupied Hasa and (c) that it was not ratified
(iv) The object and urgency of his letter are that he
has heard that an oil company have applied to Shaikh for
concession# Once the boundary is fixed Shaikh will be at
liberty to do what he likes. Bin Sa'ud requests Shaikh to
postpone matoer till boundary between him and British is
settled or to ask British either (a) to let hito and Shaikh
settle boundary without their mediation or (b) to settle
boundary with him (Bin Sa'ud) themselves* "I have explained
this to you our brother in order that you may be aware that if
the Company starts any work or drilling before the boundaries
are settled, we will be compelled to protest and to stop
operations and forbid anything being done until the|matter«
between us and them are settled 11 •
(v) In two places there|is reference to understanding
between him and Shaikh apparently over boundary, but Shaikh
denies having committed himself.
2. Shaikh states that he replied that anything to do
. with Turkish treaty was matter for British that Qatar
boundaries are well-known and that he has already granted a
concession and cannot go back on it,
3, Comment follows •
Sa'ud had informed British (a) that Turks did not exercise
- Resident#
(Copy forwarded to P.A.Bahrain under P.I».lTo.C/260
of 30/8/36.) A

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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, Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives and ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Sheikh of Qatar, in regard to the oil concession and the beginning of the oil exploration in Qatar. The volume includes: Programme of operations in Qatar from November 1936 to May 1937 (folios 110-118) and 'General and brief note on the water drilling operations of Petroleum Concessions Limited in Qatar' (folios 209-212).

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

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1 volume (230 folios)

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 215-221). 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 2-37; 38 and 38A; 39-55; 56 and 56A; 57-198; 199 and 199A; 200 and 200A; 201-217; 218 and 218A and it carries on until 225, which is the last number given to the back cover. There is also a second foliation sequence, incomplete.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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