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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎181r] (374/468)

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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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Bahrain i
l£th January, 1937.
m.JaktiZ/21. cam
q.'E.B C0MCES3I0K .
To H.B.M*s 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. ,
Bfctbxain.
Sir,
We hove the honour to bring to your notice that
we have received the Company f s policy in regard to the
present Qatar controversy on the salaries of the Huler f s
two representatives and other minor matters which have
threatened at times to become controversial.
We hpve also been informed that the 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.
are in full possession of the Company^ views which may
be summarized as under ;
(a) It seems that the Ruler of Qatar contemplates or
contemplated putting obstacles in the way of the Company♦s
carrying out of the rilling of two artesian water
wells and to a geological examination of his territory
until the Company agree to pay some Rs.3500 p.m. for
his two represent tives. He Iso contemplates (or
contemplated) making unreasonable demands in the matter
of guards, roads and other matters,
(b) The Company^ attitude is that although it may be
inconvenient to suspend or postpone operations it is
not prep red to per dt this consideration to influence
it in the direction of complying with demends which it
regards as unreasonable.
(c) If the Sheikh is unable or unwilling to provide the
reason ble facilities the Company requires, operations
will be shut down until such time as the Sheikh is
prep red to carry out his obligations*
(d) If the Sheikh refuses the offer of Es.lOOO p.m. for
his representatives the matter can as far as the
Company is concerned just remain in abeyance.
The Sheikh can ? sk for arbitration if he likes. The
Company is not concerned to do so.
(e) If on the other hand other difficulties raised materially
hamper the Company^ drilling operations then the
Company would stop all operations and withdraw personnel
& materials from Qatar.
g. In this connection we would point out th t to
date there has been no hampering of our drilling opera
tions but in the first interview with Haji filliumaon
and Mr.Packer at ^tur the Ruler tt first said he would
prefer no work to commence before the ?t sal ry" qumtion
was settled and later reserved the right to stop the
work should no satisfactory result be obtained ufter
reference to I/mdon.

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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)
Arrangement

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.

Physical characteristics

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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