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'File 82/27 III (F 84) APOC: Qatar Oil' [‎236r] (477/638)

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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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1766/279/91.
- 'OKiaGN omca, ,. .1.
Hist darah X934.
My dear Gilbert,
You will rnue-iber my tellln.; y.u tMa morning
that I was u little uneasy on one point in connexion with
the queatlon of uhe v v ata.r "boundaries; i #e • lest we should
liaTt; our position witn Xbn Saud in re .•••card to the
blue line oy our failure to , ; ;ive him copias of the An,;lo
Turkish Convent ions ol' 1913 and 1914 establishing; that line,
when| in he as-^ed us (see Sir U• Clayton 1 8 report
ol June bth 19^?, ox vcnich v/e sent you a copy in our
letter Mo^585/119/ 91 ox July 7 l^E?) x'or "copies of all
existing treaties and a t ;ree .Uients between Uis .. ajosty 1 s
Government and the vaiious rulers and ohieie in . rabia and
on 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. ".
^ it had occurred to lae that Xbn Saud mi^ht well
contend that hie object in asking us Tor thuse documents
was in order to know exactly how he stood with regard bo
our claims and position generally in Arabia, and that the
fact that we did not co iiuiuxu cate to hiia the treaty
instruments laying down the olue line left nia free to ignore
that line if he wished to# lie could probably argue that he
had no knowledge of the Anjlo '.Curaish Conventio.is or at any
rate of the ratification of the laU Convention, and that as
nobody appeared to have established any effective claim to
the hinterland of 4atar to the east of the blue line, he was
perfectly free in the absence of any warning to the contrary
from us or from the Sheikh of ..atar to establish Akhwan
Colonies there and generally bring this area under his
authority if he wished to do so.
X have now referred the point to Malkin and am gl^d
to say that he does not taice this risk vei-y seriously,
^is view, when Ibn Saud asked for "copies £t all existing
treaties/
SSQ..,

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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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