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'File 82/27 III (F 84) APOC: Qatar Oil' [‎81v] (160/638)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (319 folios). It was created in 22 Feb 1934-30 Apr 1934. 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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2. Sir Percy Cox said that he had kept no private notes as to what passed at M.
meeting with Ibn Saud on the occasion in question. Anything he had reported or
recorded on the subject would have been left on record at Baghdad; but to the-
best of his recollection and belief the facts and circumstances were as follows:-
3. The specific object with which, accompanied by Iraq representatives, k
went to meet Ibn Saud at Ojair was to induce him to ratify the Mohammerah
Agreement of 5th May 1922. Sir Percy proceeded to the rendezvous without
any knowledge that he would there meet i\lcijOL Holmes oi would have occasion
to express any opinion as to the boundaries of the Qatar leninsula; but
learning from JVTajor FJohnes, and from the map that he pioduced, that lie w&j
endeavouring to obtain from Ibn Saud a concession for exploiting oil m an arej
which included the Qatar Peninsula, he (Sir Percy Cox) naturally informed
Major Holmes—and no doubt Ibn Saud also—that this could not be. If he had
then been asked, as he doubtless must have been, what he considered should
be excluded, as constituting Qatar, Sir Percy would undoubtedly have based his
answer on his own knowledge, as Resident 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. for many years,
namely, that, on the east coast, Qatar's boundary with the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi's
territory was the head of the Khor-al-'Odaid, and on the west coast the head of Salwa
Bay. This, in Sir Percy's recollection, was the position recognised in the Bushire
Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and adopted by Lorimer 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. Gazetteer. Sir Percy
probably had the Gazetteer with him, but on the above point he would hardly W
needed to consult it. In any case he is positive that the Anglo-Turkish Blue Line of
1913 was never mentioned, and is of opinion that any view which he expressed
incidentally and ex tempore could not reasonably be regarded as the official
pronouncement of the Hasa-Qatar boundary contemplated in our first treaty with Ibn
Saud (December 1915) in which it figured as one of those to be " hereafter
determined." Moreover, Sir Percy Cox states that he informed both Ibn Saud
Major Holmes that His Majesty's Government ought to be consulted before
concession was granted.
and
4. Sir Percy said that in these circumstances it seemed to him that His
Government were entirely free, in so far as the conversations of 1922 were concerned,
to maintain against Ibn Saud the Blue Line of the unratified Anglo-Turkish Convention
of 1913 as the eastern boundary of Nejd.
5. Sir Percy said he was not aware whether either Ibn Saud or the Shaikh
Qatar had ever advanced a definite claim to the ownership of the Barr-al-"
coastal tract, between Zakhnuniyeh and Salwa, but it seemed to him that if occasion
arose in the future for a compromise it would be a reasonable course to assign..
Ibn Saud, in view of his strong position at Ojair close by, that length of coast lin|
with its hinterland, up to the Blue Line. This would have the advantage of leaving
no indeterminate area along the sea-coast.
J. G.L.
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. ,
27th February 1934.

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The volume contains correspondence and notes of meetings 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, 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 and ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Shaikh of Qatar, the Foreign Office, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) and H.M.'s Ministry at Jedda in regard to the southern borders of Qatar, the Qatar oil concession and the relations of the Shaikhdom with the King of Saudi Arabia, ‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd (Ibn Sa‘ūd). There are documents in Arabic, mainly letters to and from the Sheikh of Qatar. Some of the documents in the volume are marked as confidential.

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1 volume (319 folios)
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The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume (folios 305-311). The notes refer to documents within the volume; they give a brief description of the correspondence with a reference number in blue or red crayon or ink, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The main foliation is in pencil in circled numbers, in the top right of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The numbering starts starts on the first folio of writing with 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D; and runs through to 312, which is the last number given on the last folio of the volume. There is a blank page at the beginning and three at the end of the volume.There is also another sequence, which is incomplete, written in pencil, in the top right corner, starting with 39 on folio 37 and ending with 299 on folio 312.

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