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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎143r] (298/468)

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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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Kote for 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. &t the interview granted
to Haji Williamson and Mr packer on 4th November 1956.
Mr. Pecker has been instructed by the
General Manager, London, to bring the situation at
Qatar at the beginning of November to the notice of 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. and discuss it with hi®.
The situation is as follows:--
At the recent visit of Mr. Packer and
Haji Williamson to Qatar in connection with the Company 1 s
water drilling operations Shaikh * Abdullah requested
that the matter of his two liaison representatives
should be settled before any operations began.
He asked that the salaries of these
representatives should be similar to those of the
Kuwait Oti Company and quoted a total figure of Rs.
3500 per mensem to be paid to him for disbursement at
his discretion.
At first he intimated that he would
prefer all ?'ork to be held up pending settlement and
first payment but ultirsately agreed to preparations for
water drilling continuing for two weeks while the matter
was referred to ^ondon.
Copies of correspondence and cables are
attached to the note which explain the situation to date.
(As under)
Haji Williamson will describe in detail
what took place at the interview with Shaikh *Abdullah,
(a) Copy of a translation of an Arabic
letter submitted to the Shaikh of Qatar
at his request (31-10-1956)«
(b)

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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)
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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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