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'File 82/27 III (F 84) APOC: Qatar Oil' [‎177r] (355/638)

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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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Treaty ol Je. aa read in conjunction with the terms of
Article 3 of the Anglo-Turkish Convention of 1914 gives
as an even stronger case than we have hitherto imagined
for refusing to admit that Ibn Saud possesses or has ever
possessed any lights to the east of the "blue lin« H .
5. In the light of the legal opinion referred to
above, and of the considerations advanced in Ryan's
telegrams, we now therefore definitely incline to the
view that the balance of advantage is against maintaining
an indeterminate area, or "no man f s land", ana in favour
of our taking our stand at once on the "blue line" not
only as the eastern boundary of Saudi Arabia but also as
the dividing line between that king^dom and the
territories of south-eastern Arabia coming within our
sphere. We are confirmed in this view by the request
of the United States Embassy at Angora for copies of the
1913 ana 1914 Conventions, and by other signs of
increasing .American interest in this area, e.g. the
recently proposed visit of the United States minister at
Bagdad iio Riyadh, and the various indications of an acti/e
interest in oil possibilities on the part oi the standard
Oil of California,
6. But if on further consideration it is now
decided to abandon any attempt to maintain an
indeterminate area, that does not mean that we should
necessarily favour any extension of any oil concession
granted in respect of Qatar or of any guarantee of
protection given by His Majesty's Government to the oheik
of Qatar beyond a line running south of a line drawn across
the base of the peninsula. Indeed, you will remember that
"this question was considered in connexion vvi uh the
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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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