'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [12r] (23/104)
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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Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
26th March, 1960.
I have the honour tp acknowledge receipt of
your despatch No.l032-45/SF, dated the 14th February,
1960, and to say that I am instructed by His Excellency
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. to reply as follows:
Ihe arbitration court sitting at Doha was not
considering the claims of two oil companies to the seas
around Qatar so that there can be no question of in
forming the court as requested by His Highness. It was
constituted in accordance with the terms of the Oil Con
cession granted by the Shaikh of Qatar to the Anglo Persian
Oil Company Ltd., in order to determine a dispute between
His Excellency the Shaikh of Qatar and the Oil Company
concerning the interpretation of the terms of the Con
cession Agreement. Furthermore in accordance with uni
versal international practice His Majesty's Government
regard the high seas (i.e., the seas outside the limits
of territorial waters) as free so that no claim to such
seas lying between Bahrain and Qatar can be recognised
by His Majesty's Government. The decision of His Majesty's
Government of which His Highness was informed in my letter
No.C/1226, dated the 23rd December, 1947, referred to the
delimitation of the sea-bed lying between Bahrain and
Qatar. The only mention of the seas in that letter was
a specific disclaimer that the decision referred to them
in any way whatsoever, vide paragraph 3.
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I have the honour to be,
Your most obedient servant
u/V 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.
The Adviser to the Government of Bahrain
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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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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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