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Coll 30/127 'Persian Gulf. Koweit. Relations between Ibn Saud and the Sheikh of Kuwait' [‎43r] (85/167)

The record is made up of 1 file (81 folios). It was created in 6 Jan 1936-8 Mar 1948. It was written in English. 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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My dear Laithv;aite ,
I’m terribly busy, firstly packing up in
preparation of De Gaury’s arrival, secondly dancing
attendance on the King. B.S. arrived last Thursday
and I met him on the frontier 50 miles away. The
Sheikh and members of his family went 100 miles into
the desert to meet him: Kuwait gave a stupendous and
really magnificent welcome to B.S. which surpassed all
my hopes and expectations. Apart from general flag
decorations, the Sheikh had 45 triumphal arches fixed
up on the route inside the town from Jahara gate to
Daman Palace: The King seemed genuinely touched with
the welcome put up for him and I hope results will
be good politically later. I called in uniform the
afternoon of the arrival and followed it up with an
Arab Banquet in the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. - The King, his three sons,
three nephews (sons of his dead brother Saad), Saud al
’Araba, and all his important entourage were present
as also was Sheikh Ahmad and his senior relations. It
was a great show, six whole sheep on mountains of rice,

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This file contains correspondence between British officials, primarily at the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Kuwait, concerning relations between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

The correspondence in the file focuses on a visit made to Kuwait by the King of Saudi Arabia, 'Abd al'-Aziz bin 'Abd al-Rahman bin Faysal Al Sa'ud (referred to as Ibn Saud in the file), in 1935 and a reciprocal visit to Saudi Arabia made by the Ruler of Kuwait, Shaikh Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, in 1939. A detailed account of Ibn Saud's visit to Kuwait is contained between folios 35 and 42.

The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (81 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 83; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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Coll 30/127 'Persian Gulf. Koweit. Relations between Ibn Saud and the Sheikh of Kuwait' [‎43r] (85/167), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3861, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 March 2020]

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