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'F-86 File 82/27 - V QATAR OIL' [‎197r] (402/466)

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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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which vV ere circulated in February 1934), vrtiich showed a
southern boundary i'cr Qatar which had been indicated to the
geologists by the Sheikh himself on the ground. The
Company were anxious to know whether this boundary was
satisfactory to His Majesty’s Government for the purposes
of the map to be appended to any agreement under the
provisions of Article 2. jj * 4 They understood that there had
been considerable recent discussion between the Sheikh and
Ibn Saud over this boundary. The suggestion was even
rumoured to have been made by Ibn Saud but not accepted
that failing agreement commissioners might be appointed by
the two parties to settle the difficulty. The Jebel
Dukhan seemed likely to form part of a definitely oil
bearing structure and Ibn Saud was thus anxious to include
the whole of it in his territory and so in the Hasa oil
concession, while the Sheikh was not prepared to accept his
view and claimed that his boundary ran either as shewn in
his map or south of it to Salwa. The Company were informed
that the important thing seemed to be the limit of their
concession, which need not necessarily be as extensive as
that of the Sheikh’s territories recognised by His Majesty’s
Government, or of any protection which they might give to
him. it would, however, be necessary to examine the limit
which they were anxious to fix with the other interested
Departments. It was agreed in these circumstances that
the Company should furnish copies of a map showing the
suggested boundary and that endeavours should be made to let
them have a decision before Mr.Mylles’s departure for Qatar
°n 22nd January. The point was important as it would be
necessary to attach the map to the concession put forward to
the Sheikh.
8./

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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.

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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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