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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎140r] (292/468)

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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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positions ana duties". Report immediately
and discuss i'ully v/ith Political. Work which
Shaikh threatens to suspend is work solely in his
interests and not ours and you should be prepared
to withdraw all personnel from Qatar pending agreement."
The claim of the Shaikh ox Qatar to the appointment ^ S
of two representatives of his own in connection wiji^fne
Company's work is based, as you know, upon^^ragraph 3 of
Mr. Mylles' letter to him dated llaj 1935. This letter
specifies that the appointments are TI on condition that these
salaries shall be reasonable and in keeping with their
positions and duties 71 . The Company is anxious to honour this
and all other obligations into which it has entered, but it
does not feel that this need in the present case involve
paying Hs.3,050 p.m. into the Shaikh's pocket. His
quotation of the Kuwait Oil Company's Concession seems
entirely irrelevant, as the Company which concluded that
Concession is entirely distinct from Petroleum Development
(Qatar) Ltd., while the representatives visualised in
Articles 16 and S(c) of the Kuwait Concession evidently
differ fundamentally from anything which the Shaikh of Qatar
will be able to provide. Moreover, payment of the salaries
at Kuwait is to the individual representatives, and not to
the Shaikh.
If the Shaikh of Qatar indicates his nominees, we are
fully prepared to pay them, as from the date upon which they
assume duty, salaries which will be reasonable and in keeping
with their positions and duties. Our present suggestion is
Rs.100 p.m. each.
Cur present activities in Qatar are in the direction of
honouring the obligation contained in paragraph 1 of Mr.

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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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