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'F-86 File 82/27 - V QATAR OIL' [‎23v] (53/466)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (228 folios). It was created in 19 Jun 1934-21 Jan 1935. 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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V.O ( E. 723/
^ -p fi-io 101 ^ r«nn\ r pntinn 11110 it was considered desirable to consult fen P. Cox
onthesubTect In a discussion held at 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. on the 20th February 1934
! ‘F 1302/279/91/19341 Sir P. Cox expressed Ins conviction that the 1913 con-
vition line was never mentioned during the 1922 discussions with Ibn Sand, and
Expressed ^ opinion that any view then expressed by h™ inc
extempore could not reasonably be regarded as a " 0 * c , ia j 1 d tbn gf*
Hasa-Oatar boundary; he added that in any case he had inlormed um baud that
His Maiesty's Government should be consulted before any concession was granted,
8 No decision has yet been reached regarding the status of the terntov;
immediately to the east'of the 1913 convention line, but the despatch to
Sn P l oraine mentioned in paragraph 6 above contained a warning as to the
posi^on aTinlructed him .should it be found necessary to give the United
States Embassy any oral explanations on Cll^ofOa tar Itself but Vo Jfer ton
territory as specifically forming part of the State of Qatar itselt, Put to eter to u
merely S llthTpril, Sir P. Loraine reported that he had'
spoken to the United States Ambassador on the 2nd April
instructions summarised in paragraph 6 of this memorandum
19341 but that he had not found it necessary to refer to Qatar I he t mted State,
Embassy in London were also similarly informed on the 24th April of the positio,
■is ,wards the frontiers laid down in the Anglo-Turkish Conventions of 1913 anc
19 lfcopes of which were sent to them IE 2481/279/91/1934]; here again n.
specific reference was made to Qatar, the phase used being the frontier between
Saudi Arabia and the British spheres of influence in South-Eastern Arabia.
This action was taken in order that the position might be made c ear to
Standard Oil Company of California, who were carrying out aerial surveys whic
His Maiesty’s Government feared might otherwise be extended over the frontiei
Iflirl down in the convention of 1913. In addition, instructions were sent to His
Majesty’s Minister at Jedda on the 21st April [E 2481/279/91/1934] to address
a formal note to the Saudi Arabian Government, informing them of the request
of the United States Embassy at Angora, and of the action taken. enclosing copies
of the conventions of 1913 and 1914, and explaining the view of His Majesty.
Government as to the validity of the frontiers laid down therein. This explana
tion was to be on the lines laid down in the despatch to Sir P. Loraine summans
in paragraph 6 of this memorandum, Sir A. Ryan’s attention also being called to
the position as regards Qatar. Sir A. Ryan addressed a note accordingly to tie
Saudi Arabian Government on the 28th April [E 2662/279/91/1934], In to
note, with the concurrence of the Foreign Office, he used the expression to
convenience of reference ” in communicating copies of the conventions ot an
1914, in order to indicate the assumption that the Saudi Arabian Governmen
already had knowledge of both.
10. An explanatory map is annexed. HUGH K GREY.
Foreign Office, April 30, 1934.
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The volume contains correspondence 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. at Bahrain 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. at Bushire, the Government of India, 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. in London and Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives in regard to the air reconnaissance of Qatar and the negotiations with ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Sheikh of Qatar, for the oil concession, including arrangements for APOC's Mr Mylles visiting Doha and on the visit of the Sheikh of Qatar to Bahrain, from 14 to 19 October 1934. The volume contains draft agreements and:

  • 'Memorandum respecting the Boundaries in Arabia: Anglo-Turkish Arrangements' (ff. 22-23), with map (f. 24) showing the Anglo-Turkish Conventions lines in the Arabic peninsula;
  • Hand-drawn map showing the itinerary of the Qatar air reconnaissance carried out on 29 June 1934 (folio 34).
  • 'Sketch map of Qatar Peninsula' (folio 218).

There are some letters in Arabic, mainly to and from the local rulers.

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1 volume (228 folios)
Arrangement

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 213-219). The file notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with reference numbers in red crayon, which refer back to that correspondence in the volume.

There is also an brief index at the beginning (f. 1A) indicating the main topics covered in the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 230; these numbers are written in pencil 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 foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 35-229; 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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