File 1421/1908 Pt 3 'Persia: oil; negotiations between the Shaikh of Mohammerah and the Anglo-Persian Oil Co.' [266v] (98/338)
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difficulty which has arisen appears to lie at the door of the Persian Government,
the proposal of the company is not unreasonable, but before returning a definite reply
to their request I should be glad to be in possession of your views on the subject.
If you share my opinion, you should instruct His Majesty’s consul-general at
Bushire and the acting British consul at Mohammerah to support the local agents ok^
the company in their efforts to conclude an agreement with the sheikh on the lines
suggested, which are that they should pay him, in respect of any lands where they
desire to bore for oil, adequate compensation for any disturbance and a fair rent while
they occupy the land, and should restore it to its present condition if no oil is found
there, or buy or lease it, as may be arranged, should oil be discovered. They should
also pay the sheikh, if he demands it, a certain share of their profits.
I may add that Mr. Greenway accompanied by Mr. James Hamilton, who is also
connected with the oil company, will shortly leave London for Mohammerah, and the
former proposes later on to proceed overland to Tehran. You are authorised to afford
to these gentlemen, and to instruct His Majesty’s consular officers on the spot to extend
to them, such assistance as they may require in the prosecution of their business.
I further transmit copy of the reply which I have caused to be returned to the
enclosed communications,^' and I have to inform you that a copy of this despatch has
been forwarded to Lieutenant-Colonel Cox for his information.
I am, &c.
• To Anglo-Persian Oil Company, December 19, 1910
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Part 3 consists of correspondence relating to an agreement between the Anglo-Persian Oil Company and Shaikh Khazal-Bin-Jaber [Khaz‘al bin Jābir bin Mirdāw al-Ka‘bī] of Mohammerah [Khorramshahr]. The correspondence is mostly between the Government of India (Foreign Department), Foreign Office, and 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. . Included as enclosures are letters, telegrams, and memoranda from the following:
- Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary;
- British Minister to Persia, Tehran;
- representatives of Anglo-Persian Oil Company;
- Percy Zachariah Cox, 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. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ;
- Shaikh Khazal of Mohammerah;
- Messrs Lloyd, Scott, and Co., agents of Anglo-Persian Oil Company in Mohammerah;
- Persian government officials;
- Arnold Talbot Wilson, Acting Civil Commissioner in Mesopotamia.
Several matters are covered by the papers, including:
- the negotiations over a loan to Shaikh Khazal by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company for the use of land on Abadan Island for an oil refinery;
- the question of what is to be done with company buildings on the island when the concession period ends;
- the nature of Shaikh Khazal's rights to the land in question;
- the Persian Government's exceptions to some of the terms of the agreement;
- the question of guards for the refinery and who will pay for them.
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