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'F-86 File 82/27 - V QATAR OIL' [‎126r] (260/466)

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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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managed to put this idea out of his mind. I told him that
under the Treaty he was not in a position to negotiate with
any foreign company and, moreover. Government would not
permit him to do so. Also I said that it was not proper
for him to entertain advances through third parties without
informing Government about them and taking Government's advice
He said that he had not done so but had to admit that advances
had been made from the Americans though never to him person-
ally - he gave me his word about this.
7. He then asked if the negotiations with the Anglo-
Persian On Company fell through whether it would be wise for
him to do nothing more about oil - he was a Bedouin and able
to live on very little unlike the Shaikh of Bahrain - or
whether he should write and ask Government if he could try
to get another O 0 mpany to take the concession. I said that
it would be a great pity if he did not reach an agreement
with the Anglo-Persian Oil G om p an y anc j admitted that he
was well aware of the difference between the Americans and
the English I and he would prefer to have the Anglo-Persian
Oil Company to any foreign Company. I then said that I
thought it unlikely that Government would agree to any other
Company exploiting Qatar oil but that Government would
appreciate his frankness if he were to write and ask their
opinion should the present negotiations fail.
8* I was very glad to find him so frank. He evidently
disliked the pin pricks of air reconnaissances and the
insistence on passes and felt not only that his dignity had
bee n lowered but thought that Government was trying to help
the Anglo-Persian Company to get cheap terms. He seemed
willing to come to an agreement on the lines of the Kuwait
a Sreement though he pointed out that there were certain
questions still in dispute there. On the whole he appeared
to no desire for an American Company. I am sure he was
s POaking the truth when he said that he had no personal

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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)

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.

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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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