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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎37r] (73/104)

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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 RESIDENCY A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India.
9th October, 1950
My first Comment on Andrew*s letter to
Pinhey No.C/R-513^of the 30th September about the
Superior Oil Company’s operations in Qatar is
that Jacomb should be supplied at once with copies
of the company’s concession and Political Agreement,
and if you see no objection, I should be grateful
if you could arrange for this to be done.
2. I think it important that correspondence
with the Ruler should be put on proper lines as
soon as possible and at first sight can see no
reason why Garrett should not be appointed as Chief
Local Representative of the company in Qatar for the
purposes of Article 4 of the Political Agreement.
The local Manager should in any case, in my opinion,
pending the appointment of himself or somebody else
as Chief Local Representative, correspond with the
Qatar Government through the Political Officer in
the spirit of Article 4 of the Political Agreement,
and it would seem appropriate that the Political
Officer should forward all correspondence received
to the Adviser unless there are any special reasons
for delivering any communications personally to the
Shaikh. Neither of the matters referred to in
Jacomb’s letter appear to me to be ’’routine oil
husiness” and should have been dealt with in this
3. Presumably the Company will deal direct
with Saleh al Mani* in all routine oil business if
he is the duly authorised representative of the
Ruler for the purposes of the concession, c.f. Articles
14, 17, 21 and 22 of the Concession.
4. If you agree with my views, I suggest that
subject to the concurrence of the company, we ask
H.M.G. to approve the appointment of Garrett as its
Chief Local Representative, at any rate for the time
being, and that meanwhile, he be asked to conduct
correspondence with the Qatar Government in accordance
with the terms of Article 4 of the Political Agreement.
C.J. Pelly, Esq., O.B.E. ,
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. ,
3 A HR 4 ■ ' EOEIPT.

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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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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎37r] (73/104), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/891, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 22 November 2019]

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