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‘File 28/35 Denial programme Qatar’ [‎326r] (656/746)

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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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fth POR T Q^l A VISIT IQ ^ATAR ~ 25TH -TO NQVK^ iy^_134£, ^
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I left Sitra at 11.50 a.m. on tne 35th November in trie
petroleum Concessions Limited launch "Onazal". After a moving
bat otherwise uneventful journey v*e anchored off the petroleum
Development (Qatar) Company wharf at-ZeKrit at ten niinuteo
five. I went ashore and visited the Company’s Settlement at
Dukhan a ten minutes drive over a reasonably goon
2. On the 26th November I landed at 6.50 a.m. and w s met
Thani Shaikhs who had arrived the night before with one of
Shaikh Abdullah bin Jassim al Tnani’s Buick cars, he left at
7 a.m. and drove over a rough desert track through some of the
most dismal country in the world to b'ajhbah where the Shaikh
of Qatar is at present living. The fort, it is notning mor* ,
is about ten minutes drive from the old man’s favourite resi
dence of Riyan and to the south of that place.
3 # i was met on arrival by Shaikh Ramad bin Abdullah the
second son, a man of portly figure and flabby countenence with
a darx beard well streaked with grey and a protruding lower lip.
He is the real ruler of the State in collaboration with the
unworthy Saleh bin Mana and has completely eclipsed his elder
brother Ail. All is by the same mother but is dark in colour
and bedouin in appearance and endowed with but one tentn of hi^
father’s and brother’s low cunning.
We entered a large hall and after a short interval
the old Shaikh appeared walking with difficulty and the aid >f
a stick. He is a pleasanter and less repulsive edition uf nis
second son. He apologised for not meeting me at the door,
has been ill with some sort of eczema of the feet and hands and
is now being treated by an Indian doctor from the Bahrain
4. i produced the Oil Company Suspension Agreement at once
and had the Arabic read over to them and the English compared.
No objection being raised the Arabic version was signed and I
arranged to send over two more copies written in English and
Arabic for signature.
/ 5. The

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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)

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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‘File 28/35 Denial programme Qatar’ [‎326r] (656/746), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/729, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 17 November 2019]

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