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‘File 28/35 Denial programme Qatar’ [‎29r] (62/746)

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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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from different angles| but the Shaikh remained adamant. The
Shaikh also brought up the following questions (1) pay of the
guide (Mansour) (2) pay of the Director of Customs,ZekrIt
(3) pay of the guard commander (4) rent of the house at Dohah
(5) launch service to Bahrain. In regard to pay of the Direct
or of Customs the Shaikh insisted that the post should be retained
He said it was unreasonable that the Company should abolish the
post since they were only suspending operations temporarily; and
he threatened that, if the Company did not continue to pay the
Director of Customs at Zakrit he would insist, when the Company
resumed operations, that they should import their supplies through
Dohah. The Shaikh also expressed anxiety about the launch ser
vice, saying that if this service we^e denied to him Qatar would
be wholly severed from communication with Bahrain and from postal
facilities.
4. As the Shaikh was so uncompromising in regard to con
cessions and services given by the Company which are not covered
by regular agreements I did not inform him of the extent to
which the Company was willing to meet him. In the end I suggest
ed to the Shaikh that we should put in writing what had been r ^
agreed to and that, in regard to the rest, he should write to me
and tell me what he desired the Company to do. The Shaikh agreed
to this and T thereupon sent to him the letter of which a copy
is enclosed. I did not press for a reply before I left Dohah
as I was sure that the Shaikh wanted to have time before formula
ting his demands.
Yours sincerely,
HV

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Content

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).

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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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