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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎27r] (62/468)

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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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Received under Jedda F.l.Jio. 2523/227/45
dated 16th October 1935. •'
6/1/18 Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
17 th Raj ab 1354
15th October 1935.
My dear aar. Calvert,
I have received your letter dated the 26th Septem-
-ber 1935 (26th Jumad ath-'lhani 1354) and in reply I have
the honour to state the following;-
It was strange to our Government that the British
Government disapproved of the correspondence which has
taken and is taking place direct between his Majesty's
the King and the Sheykh of Qatar, in respect of a matter
concerning the affairs of Q^atar, and that you relied on
your disapproval upon Article 6 of the ireaty of Jedda,
and stated that "His Majesty King Abdul Aziz undertook
among other things to maintain friendly relations with
H.S. the Sheykh of Q.atar between whom and His Britannic
Majesty f s Government. ••••'♦etc#, and whereas your state-
-ment and the interpretation, of Article 6 differ in text,
meaning and significance from the contents of Article 6,
1 therefore write to you herein the copy of Article 6,
literally arid which begins:- vthe Alrig of the nejaz
and of ^ejd and its Dependencies undertake to maintain
friendly and peaceful relations with the territories of
Kuwait and Jtiahrain and wi th the Sheykhs of Qatar and the
Oman Coast who are in special treaty relations with His
Britannic Majesty* s Government ,, ends. l^ie undertaking
of H^H.the King of the Hejaz and of ^ejd and its Depen-
-dencies is confined to friendly and peaceful relations
with the Amirs of t hose territories {lit.directions) and
it does not contain any reference to any undertaking by

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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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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎27r] (62/468), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/633, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 12 November 2019]

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