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'F-86 File 82/27 - V QATAR OIL' [‎199r] (406/466)

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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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in respect of the Neutral Zone corresponding to that which
was understood to have been reached between Ibn Saud and
the btandard Oil* He was informed that prima facie we
saw no objection to action on these lines, which indeed,
closely corresponded to what had previously b#en discussed
with the Anglo-Her sian Oil Company, but he was invited to
make a proposal lor consideration in wilting.
-Ql> i n . Dhabi. Mr.Lefroy referred to the
lact that, with the approval of His Majesty’s Government,
facilities had been given to an Anglo-Persian Oil Company
geologist to assist the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi by sinking
wells, an operation in the course of which he might have
some opportunity of assessing the oil possibilities of this
area. The geologist who had b^en sent was interested in
his results, and the Company desired to take matters
further
The discovery of petroliferous strata in
Bahrein (coupled with the probability that there was a
valuable petroliferous stratum in Hasa and in the Jebel
Dukhan in Qatar) had led to increased interest in this
whole area
What would be our attitude towards the
despatch of the American exploratory geologist who had now
been attached to the I.P.C., with a small party, to conduct
further researches in Abu Dhabi?
IS* Mr.Lefroy was informed that we were very anxious
to facilitate the task of the British element in the I.P.C.
of establishing themselves in these areas. But we should
not at all welcome the despatch to the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. of an
American, or of any foreigner. As he and Mr.Mylies were
aware, even English nationals were not at present allowed
into the Trucial States except in quite exceptional
circumstances./

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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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