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‘File 28/35 Denial programme Qatar’ [‎279r] (562/746)

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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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D.U. No.C/1271.
Sr
Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. f
Bahrain| 26th September11943.
P*
Dear packer,
As I told you yesterday, there has recently been
an exchange of telegrams v»ith London on the subject of
the suspension of your Company's operations in Qatar,
f
2, On September 8th X received a message for you from
Mr, Skliros, dated September 2nd and sent via 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.
and Buehire to say, with reference to your letter of July
27th, that the question erf had been reported by the Petroleum
Division in London and that he had expressed his willingness
to accept the Shaikh of Qatar's verbal statement to Mr•Wake
field that he agrees to the suspension of the Company* s
operations. He went on to say that it is not practicable
for the Company to obtain a written undertaking to that
effect from the Shaikh, and that if the Shaikh will not give
a written statement to 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. either, the
Company must be satisfied with his verbal statement,
y\ - j
3, On the same day I received an ”important” telegram
from 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. , which indicated that the position
in regard to the giving of a verbal statement had been
misunderstood in London, I made it clear, in reply, that
there was no question of a verbal statement and that it was
intended that a written statement on the lines indicated in
paragraph 5(b) of your letter to Mr. Skliros should take the
place/in the Agreement with the Shaikh of Qatar, ofthe earlier
statement (given at the end of paragraph 2 of your letter)
which the Shaikh was unwilling to sign,
4, The position, therefore, as far as you and I are
concerned at this end, has not been affected by this exchange
of telegrams. I have, however, been asked to pass Mr.Skliros'
message on to you and to request you to ensure that, pending
a final reply from London, nothing is said to the Shaikh to
give him the impression that his statement is acceptable.
Yours sincerely,
E.V. Packer, Esq.,
Manager,
Petroleum Concessions,(^)atar) Ltd.,
Ba lira in.
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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.

Extent and format
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.

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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