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'File 82/1 II (F 53) A.P.O.C., and Oil Concession - Arab Coast' [‎181r] (365/576)

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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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Tiie Undar Secretary of State,
Colonial Office,
Loncloii, 3.W. l.,_
Downing Street,
c. i s t o ep t emb e r , 19 ^ 3 •
( DONFIDBNTIAL )
39119/1923.
Sir,
I am directed "by the ihike of Devonshire to inform you that
he has recently been in c o m?nnnicat ion with the Political Resi
dent in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. on the subject of the development of
the oil resources of ICtlwait and Bahrein and has received from
that officer a copy of the text of the draft concession submit
ted to the SheiXh of lixiwait by Jir a . i 1 . • ilson on your behalf.
2. His Grace has recently sent the Resident a general state
ment of His Majesty r s Governments policy in these matters and
instructions for his future guidance and thinks it will be con
venient to you to know the substance 01 chese instructions.
j. His Grace began by pointing oat that His Majesty's Govern
ment nave had two main objects in view; in the first place they
wished to protect the Sheikh against exploitation by unscrupulous
concession-hunters and in the second place they wished to prevent
foreign commercial interests from penetrating into the Persiaa
Gulf. He recalled the fact that with this end in view His
Mahesty's Government have concluded agreements with the various
rulers of these territories by which the rulers nave bound
themselves not to entertain proposals for the exploitation of
oil except through His Majesty's Government and he recorded that
it was laid down*that applicants for concessions should not
negotiate direct with the Sheikhs, but should in the first
instance seek Bis Majesty's Government's permission to apply,
and on receiving such permission, should open the negotiations
through 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. or 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. concerned.
4. He then stated that your Company had approached this De-
oartment some two years ago with a view to obtaining rights in
these territories and that negotiations had been proceeding for
some time and bad almost concluded when Major Holmes arrived in
the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. and approached various rulers and obtained
either actual concessions or promises to grant concessions from
certain of them.
THE SECRETARY,
AUGL 0 - P SH 31A E" OIL COMPANY, LTD.

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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)
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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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