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‘File 28/35 Denial programme Qatar’ [‎266r] (536/746)

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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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(b) Kecofenition of the necessity for suspension of
operations
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. now proposes a revised
version based on the Shaikh’s last reply. The
exact wording has not been so far communicated to
the Company. It may be expected, however, to
read roughly as follows
"In consideration of the above undertakings
"by the Company and in deference to the
"wishes of H.! f .G. the Shaikh of Q,atar
"agrees to the suspension of the Company’s
"operations in ^atar"
6. As regards the annual concession payments both for
1943 and the future, the Company’s position is quite
sound. Firstly in that 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. has stated in
an official letter to the Shaikh that the payment into
the Bank fulfils the Company’s obligation. Secondly, the
Company is not committed to similar payments in silver
in the future and thirdly that the Company’s ability to
produce silver is dependent upon the export permit which
in turn is dependent upon the good offices of the Political
\gent.
induce the Shaikh to recognise the suspension in the
he would prefer the Shaikh’s attitude is fairly satis
factory and it is difficult to conceive of the Shaikh
pressing the Company direct on the question of the sus
pension with a view to some extortion. The Company’s
obvious reply to any such question would be that the sus
pension was at the order of His Majesty’s Government. It
is not anticipated that His Majesty’s Government would
find much difficulty in disposing of any claims by the
Shaikh, particularly if his formal agreement to the sus
pension had been secured.
7. Although 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. has not been able
Yours sincerely
«T. Skliros Esq.,
i:ana,-ing Director,
Petroleum Concessions Ltd.,
Horsham.

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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).

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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