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‘File 28/35 Denial programme Qatar’ [‎10r] (24/746)

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The record is made up of 1 file (365 folios). It was created in 5 Jun 1935-31 Dec 1943. 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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Telegram S« and Inter S»
From Retexandura, London.
No. 10901.
Dated 19th, received 20th, June 19&2.
3)
Addressed 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. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ,
repeated Govt, of India, H.iyLAmbassador (?) Cairo, for
Prior,and P.A.Bahrain. Commander-in-Chief Middle East has
recommended that petroleum Development Qatar should plug
all wells drilled at Qatar and suspend drilling operations.
After discussion with company it has been decided that, hkx
owing to isolated position of Qatar and difficulty of maini-
taining on spot adequate staff to ensure permanent destruc
tion of wells at short notice, wells should be permanently
plugg ed fo rthwith. Necessary rs orders will be issued to (
company representatives by C.-in-C. Middle East through you.
2. There is no concessionary obligation to drill but
company expect that Sheikh will show displeasure at their
suspension of drilling operations as Article S of Concession
requires them to explore area minutely for the purpose of
discovering oil.
3. Qatar has been fully explored geologically and no
{maritim0additional work of that t^ture can be offered as
ubstitute^njcoinj of object of concession which is discover;
and exploitation of oil , and which can be accomplished only
by drilling. Cf**'
4. Article 15 of Concession recognizes delay in oper
ations occasioned by force majeure occurring in connection
with company’s operations in Qatar. This would appear to
cover suspension of osperations on orders from n. G.
5. In these circumstances it is suggested that in
order to safeguard company’s interests Sheikh should be
informed that for reasons connected with the War Effort
d
H.M.G. have ordered company temporarily to suspend operation’
These will be resumed so soon as would conditions are more
propitious. In order to avoid possible future trouble
between company and SheilA-it might also be desirable to
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The volume contains copies of letters, agreements and other papers relating to the temporary cessation in 1942 of oil operations undertaken by Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited (PDQ) in Qatar, in response to events in the Second World War, and negotiations over an agreement between the Ruler of Qatar 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 for the cessation of operations, and continued payment of the concession and other costs. The volume’s principal correspondents are 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 (Edward Birkbeck Wakefield, superseded by Major Tom Hickinbotham in October 1943); the Manager of PDQ (Ernest Vincent Packer, also in the file as chief correspondent for Petroleum Concessions Limited (PCL)); the Ruler of Qatar (Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī).

The volume includes:

While the volume’s correspondence begins in in May and June 1942, an extract of an earlier letter from 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. , dated 5 June 1935 (f 6) provides the earlier date indicated in this catalogue entry’s date range.

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1 file (365 folios)
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The volume’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the volume (ff 350-368) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 371; 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 163-349; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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