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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎20r] (39/104)

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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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British Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
4th May I960,
Concession* It can only be a matter of time now before I need
2. Superior are not having a particularly easy time with
the Sheikh just now* He is, as was to be expected, pushing ti
them to go ahead with their operations, pointing out that thyy
are already three months behind schedule, at the same time as
he insists on their setting up their main base in Qatar at once,
which could only have the effect of delaying their work at this
stage *
3* Their recent meetings with him have not been very fi
profitable, as for some reson which is not clear to me, they
have no copy of their concession available, and are trying to
persuade him to let them take a copy from his* He has jumped
to the conclusion th n t their cop£ was destroyed with Weightman’s
plane, and supposes that this is somehow to his advantage* He
refused to show them his copy, and they have accordingly had
to telegraph for a copy. He appears to have been put up tp
this extraordinary conduct by Abdullah Darwish. The original
approach in the matter was made through Salih, who was put in
a very embarassing position by the Sheikh’s refusal, and the
explanation of the incident may be nothing more than that
Darwish is determined to oust Salih at all costs, and wishes
to let the Company see that they will get nowhere while they
try to deal through Salih*
4. Darwish is also encouraging the Sheikh to say that
he does not agree with the findings of the Arbitartors, and
will not accept them unless he is given the reasons for their
decisions* In this he is supported by the Superior peojkle*
5* Superior have not yet begun to confide either in the
Adviser or myself, and as you may suppose, my chief source of
information in the matter id X Salih, who is bursting with rage
against Abdullah Darwish. I have been able to cross check all this
IdMtfexkxtanatxcKigi with the Adviser, Ahmad Mulla, Abdullah Darwish
and others, and I think the position is substantially as I have
outlined it. The Sheikh has not so far said anything to me about
his relations with Superior, and is unlikely to do so unless I
raise the question myself* Superior seem to be fully alive to
the danger of letting themselves fall completely into the hands
of the Darwish.
6. My view, in which the Adviser concurs, is that it ft
would be far better if all the dealings of both Oil Companies
with the Sheikh were conducted through his office, and the post
of Representative were abolished. The present cut-throat com
petition is going to get nobody (except Darwish) anywhere. The
only problem now is to persuade the Sheikh, the two Companies
and Salih*
C.J. Felly Esq* OBE.,
H.M. 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. ,
Bahrain. • v

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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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