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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎38r] (75/104)

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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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^66, •/
Mr. C. J. Pelly,
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. ,
Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
Manama, Bahrain.
Dear Sir:
This letter and the attached sketch is furnished you as a
result of our recent discussion regarding permission by
His Majesty f s Government to the commencement of geophysical
work by The Superior Oil Co., and the Central Mining and
Investment Corporation Limited in that portion of their
Qatar Concession outlined on the attached sketch prior to
November 7, 1950.
The attached sketch shows roughly the following:
Point A, 27° N. and 51°20 t E, the northwestern extremity
of the area approved Sept.8,1950, by His Majesty T s
Government for geophysical work by the Operators of the
Qatar marine concession.
Point B, a point north of Has Rakan and on the outer
limit of the territorial water belt off the coast of
Qatar. This point was also established by His Majesty's
Government's letter of Sept. 8,1950. The line AB thus
becomes the west line of the area presently approved by
His Majesty's Government for geophysical work on this
concession.
The line BC represents roughly the outer limit of the
territorial waters belt off the northwest coast of Qatar.
The line CD has as I understand previously been fixed
by His Majesty's Government in roughly the position
shown on the sketch as one of the dividing lines between
Bahrain and Qatar.
The line DE has also previously been fixed I understand
by His Majesty's Government in approximately the position
shown on the sketch as another of the dividing lines
between Bahrain and Qatar.
The line EF is an extension of the line DE northward
and is shown in its position on the sketch for simplicity
only. The final boundary should fall to the west of
line EF and extend northward beyond latitude 27°N.
Point F is therefore placed in its position on the sketch
Manama, Bahrain,
October 27, 1950

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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)
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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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