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'File 82/27 III (F 84) APOC: Qatar Oil' [‎183r] (367/638)

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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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(i) tfMle of course ao attempt would be made to set uo
any physical barr .wr at the frontier, the threat o
the pressure which, in various xoms, Lis ,^jes^ •»-'
Government could apply against Ibn Saud would deter
him from, openly launching a large scale attack oa
It Is prob-ble thi.t it is against this
contingency that the Oheikh of Qatar would aosvt valu
an undertaking oa our part, and tae Caancil conuide'-
that in normal oiroumstancee it should be possible
to implement a guarantee tc this effect.
(ii) Given an adequate air intelligence organisation, it is
probable th ,t sufficient warning of aaythijxg in the
nature of a lar^e scale tribal invasion would be
received in ti:.^ to pemit of iritish Naval and
forces beii.a, aovea u] to tahe action to disperse it
and to strengthen tne local defence.
(iii) It would not be practicable to prevent raids on a
a nailer scale "by highly no bile raiding parties
which might number a few -lundr.ids*
7. She Council consider that an/ guarantee given should
be subjeot to the xo 11 o win.; safe.;u?ira3? ~
(i) Unprovoked Aggression
It must be made clear tli t . is aajesty' s :'iuvornneui}
could not permit themselves to be drawn iatt--
intervention o./in ■; to 1^ oh of a: coatrol by the
Sheikh over his own tribesmen or o\:- the ado ;)tion ol
provocative action on ni. own part on the preaimptica
of support from his . :aj esty T s Government. " le must
be prepared to follow the advice of his ..aJesty's
Government in his attitude towards nis .■iei o :>i.i z •
(ii) L ocal Protection
For defence against minor raids the Sheikh should
provide the necessary local defence forces and forts
or other w dries necessary Ma .elf. It mey be ixesu ted
however that he already does this in nis own
interests in the normal course ♦ Care, however, will
be necessary to ensure that as a result of
receiving any promise of support from ourselves he
does not relax taese protective measures#
Uii) Boundarie s
f'he Council understand that the boundaries of Qatar
are not as yet defined and consider tnat it mil o©
important to define the ooundaries to vliici:. the
assurance of protection is in fact to apply.
(* Y ) Means of impldnie^.tin^ tha commitment
From the air standpoint it is essential (a/ that
aircraft should be free to fly over Qatar in order
that pilots may be familiar with the country;^ and
(bj that when it is necessai'y to take air action
the aircraft shall be free to attack those objectives
most likely to give the required results and shall ^
not be coxifined within the boundaries of the bneikh s

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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)

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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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