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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎26r] (60/468)

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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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EASTEEN ( Arabia ), September 30, 1935.
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Mr. Calvert to Sir Samuel Hoare.—{Received September 30.)
(No. 254.)
Sir, Jedda, Septemher 10, 1935.
WITH reference to my telegram No. 163 of the 8th September, relative to
the question of the attitude of Saudi Arabia to Qatar, I have the honour to
transmit to you herewith the translation of the personal letter received from
Sheikh Yusuf Yasin, in which he states the view taken by the Saudi Arab
Government of the grant of an oil concession in Qatar by the Sheikh of Qatar.
The letter covers the main points mentioned by Sheikh Yusuf in his conversation
with me on the 6th September, reported in my telegram No. 161 of the
7th September, except that no mention of the word " protest" is contained in
the letter. In conversation, moreover, Sheikh Yusuf Yasin made some attempt
to define the territories of the Sheikhdom of Qatar as having originally consisted
of an enclave comprising Doha itself and a limited surrounding area known as
Saffat. I refrained from following Sheikh Yusuf in an excursion into a subject
on which I felt he was not expertly informed.
2. Copies of this despatch and enclosure are being sent to the Government
of India, Bushire and Bahrein.
I have, &c.
Sheikh Yusuf Yasin to Mr. Calvert.
(Translation.) Jedda, Jumad-ath-Thani 9, 1354.
My dear Mr. Calvert, (September 7, 1935.)
I DESIRE to confirm the verbal discussion between us when I spoke to you
on the evening of the 8th Jumad-ath-Thani, 1354.
You are aware that the frontiers between this Kingdom and the Amirate
of Qatar and the coast of Oman have never been actually delimited between those
countries, and our Government is ready to delimit this frontier at any time. It
has come to the knowledge of our Government that the Amir of Qatar has granted
or will grant a concession for the exploitation of oil in Qatar, but as the frontier
has not been drawn between us and that Amirate therefore our Government beg
that such a concession be not granted, and that no work be carried out in that
zone before the frontier is definitely drawn. It is not possible for our Govern
ment to recognise or agree to any work referred to being undertaken, and boring
and production in the places which they (Saudi Arab Government) occupy and
which is under their influence at the present time.
I desire to explain to you that our Government, although they have granted
a concession for the production of oil in the zone which includes the lands
neighbouring on the Amirate of Qatar, but our Government, up to this date,
have not allowed the company to operate any work of drilling in that zone,
pending the definite delimitation of the frontier.
With highest respects,
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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.

Extent and format
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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