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'File 10/3 V Qatar Oil Concession' [‎82r] (178/527)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (254 folios). It was created in 14 May 1934-19 Jul 1934. 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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(fr) ^ .He sees in the present situation the
possibility of forcing our hands and compelling-
us to make another offer for a Concession: his
j-fear being that it an extension is arranged and
negotiations postponed he may find himself later
obliged to accept terms less favourable than those
he has already refused.
( c ) , rie 13 willing and perhaps anxious to extend
tne.present arrangement for a further period, but
naturally hopes to obtain something better th«n
as. 1,500 p.m.
His reierence to Ibn oaud is an empty
un re at. -- e is under no obligation or pressure
from Ibn oaud to deal with any interest recommended
ty him,^but on the contrary he is under treaty
obligation to accept the advice of E.M. Government.
J . ihere is no opposition to us at present nor 1
m prospect.
I enclose herewith
a copy of our 72-D dated 14th May 1934
a copy of a literal translation of the Sheikh's reply
dated 21st Safar 1353,
"khs laoter being that referred to in your letter uncle t"
If 1 have understood the position correctly,
then it is clearly desirable that the Company should 'avoid
any action_which might lead the Sheikh to think we attach
any great importance to the affair, or are in any way
perturbed by the near approach of the expiry date of the
existing arrangements.
i therefore propose
(a) to reply formally to the Sheikh in accordance with
the attached draft; Kanoo has this letter and
will forward it if you approve.
'HO to recommend to my Principals that about the end of
this month we send a representative to Qatar to
116 sotiate an extension oi the present arrans<einents

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The volume contains correspondence, telegrams and memoranda exchanged between 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. and 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. and with the Foreign Office, the Secretary of State for India, H.M's Minister in Jedda, the Sheikh of Qatar and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) on the subjects of the boundaries of Qatar and the Qatar Oil Concession.

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There is an index (folios 227-249).

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1 volume (254 folios)

The papers in the volume are arranged chronologically. There is an index at the end of the volume, (folios 277-249). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The foliation is in pencil on the top right corner, encircled. The numbering starts on the first page of writing from 1-185; then 186, 187A, 187B, 188; then 223, 224A, 224B; and it carries on until 254, which is the last number given, on the back cover. There is a second foliation, in pencil on the top right corner, starting on folio 1 (numbered 1); skipping or missing 57; then 112, 113, 113A; ending on folio 225 (numbered 227).

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 10/3 V Qatar Oil Concession' [‎82r] (178/527), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/414, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 January 2020]

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