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‘File 28/35 Denial programme Qatar’ [‎255r] (514/746)

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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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Confidential
EXPRESS LETTER
From
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.
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. , Camp Bahrain.
To
No. C/970
Dated the 18th July 1943.
Suspe ns ion of Oil Company 1 a Operations in Qatar
§
Please refer to the correspondence enclosed with
ray Printed Letter No. C/914, dated the 7th July 1943.
2. There are only two questions still in dispute
with the Shaikh of Qatar in regard t o the conditions
on which he will agree to the suspension of the Oil
Company^ operations. The first question relates to
the definition of ••force majeure M and can be settled
without difficulty. The second question is more important
and should, perhaps, be referred to the 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. .
3. In the penultimate paragraph of their telegr
No. 10901 dated the 19th June 1942 the 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.
observed "In order to avoid possible future trouble
between the Company and the Shaikh it might also be
desirable to obtain from him his written recognition
of the state of interruption of the Company’s operations' 1 .
I have endeavoured to obtain from the Shaikh a written
statement in which he admits that the suspension of the
Company’s operations in Qatar was justified having regard
to conditions caused by the war. The Shaikh is averse
to making such an admission, and the most that he will
say is that in compliance with the request of the Political
Agent and in deference to the wishes of His Majesty’s
Government he agrees to the suspension of the Company's
operations subject to fulfilment by the Company of certain
undertakings. (These undertakings, I may say, have already
been agreed to provisionally by the Company)# I ahall be
glad to be inforflied whether a written statement to this
effect by the Shaikh meets the requirements of the situa
tion or whether anything more specific is indispensable.
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.

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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)
Arrangement

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.

Physical characteristics

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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