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'File 82/1 II (F 53) A.P.O.C., and Oil Concession - Arab Coast' [‎164r] (331/576)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (286 folios). It was created in 10 May 1923-9 Jan 1924. 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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the exploration license is to remain inforce for a period
of 60 years. This is presumably not the intention, and
in any case directly conflicts with Article 2.
I should therefore not find it possible to inform
the Sheikh that I am satisfied that his rights and
interests would he adequately guarded by the existing draft
The Company can, however, attain their object
equally well, and without imparting ambiguity into the
agreement, by adopting the expedient of framing an agree
ment which provides for the grant of exploration and pros
pecting rights, and also irrevocably binds the Sheikh -
subject to the fulfilment of certain specified conditions -
to grant at the request of the Company (on or before the
teraination of the prospecting period) a mining lease upon
terms set forth in detail in a document scheduled to the
agreement. The advantage of this method, which is generally
employed in similar cases in the Colonies, is that it defines
witnout ambiguity the exact relations between the two parties
in all the various stages; moreover it is by this arrange
ment open to uhe Company at the expiry of the prospiecting
period either to withdraw from the whole undertaking
without incurring any obligations in respect of exploitation,
or, if oil is discovered in profitable quantities, to obtain
a mining lease upon previously agreed terms.
14. This view should be represented to the Local
Representative of the Company, and he should be piessed to
substitute for the present draft agreement a revised draft
modified on the following lines.
He should be informed that if the Agreement is

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The volume contains correspondence and telegrams between the Political Department, the Colonial Office and the Secretary of State at 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. in London, 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, the Political Agents at Kuwait and Muscat, local rulers, Anglo Persian Oil Company (APOC) and Eastern and General Syndicate Limited representatives on the negotiations for oil concessions in Kuwait, Bahrain, Nejd [Najd, Jubail, Saudi Arabia], Qatar, Muscat, Oman and Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. .

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1 volume (286 folios)

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the beginning of the volume, on folio 3.

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The main foliation is in pencil, encircled, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The numbering begins on the first folio after the front cover, on number 1, then 2-63; 64A and 64B; 65-195; 196A and 196B and it carries on to the last folio, ending on 284. There is another foliation sequence, which is incomplete.

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'File 82/1 II (F 53) A.P.O.C., and Oil Concession - Arab Coast' [‎164r] (331/576), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/619, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 February 2020]

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