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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎2r] (3/104)

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The record is made up of 1 file (50 folios). It was created in 23 Dec 1947-17 Dec 1950. 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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No. C/1227.
The 23rd of December, 1947.
His Excellency Shaikh Abdulla bin Qasim
A1 Than!, C.I.E.,
Ruler of Qatar.
After compliments,
I am instructed by the Hobble the Political
Resident to inform Your Excellency that His Majesty*s
Government has, for some time past, had under considera
tion the boundary which should delimit your Excellency*s
rights in the bed of the sea lying between the territory
of Your Excellency and that of His Highness the shaikh
of Bahrain. Apart from any other considerations the
operations of the oil companies in Your Excellency’s and His
Highness the Shaikh of Bahrain's territory make such a
delimitation necessary.
2. I am, therefore, to forward herewith for Your
Excellency's information a copy of a map showing the
line (from point 'M* to the “Bahrain Light Vessel”)
which, His Majesty's Government considers, divides in
accordance with equitable principles the sea-bed aiore-
said* This is a median line based generally on the con
figuration of the coast-line of the i^anrain main island
and the peninsula of Qatar.
3. With the exceptions noted below His Majesty's
Government will, in future, regard all the sea-bea lying
to the west of this line as being under the sovereignty
of His Highness the Shaikh of Bahrain and all the sea-bed
lying to the east of it as being under the sovereignty of
Your Excellency. This decision covers the sea-bed only
and not the waters above it and is without prejudice to
existing navigation rights.
/ 4. The .....

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The file contains correspondence, mostly in English and Arabic, between the Ruler of Qatar, Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī (from August 1949 Shaikh ‘Alī bin ‘Abdullāh Āl Thānī); the Ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Salmān bin Ḥamad Āl Khalīfah; the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain and 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; regarding the jurisdiction over the seabed adjacent to the coastline, for the purpose of oil drilling offshore. The papers include a dispute between the Ruler of Qatar and Petroleum Development Qatar Ltd on the interpretation of the oil concession with regard to the Qatar coastal waters and Decision of Arbitrators (folios 13-19).

The file also contains correspondence with the Ruler of Qatar and Superior Oil Company, concerning the Company’s request for permission to drill in the shoals represented on folio 41, and considering claims of the Ruler of Bahrain over the same shoals.

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1 file (50 folios)

The papers in the file are arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 52; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional incomplete foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-51; these numbers are written in a combination of pencil and ink, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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