‘1/1 Volume VI Kuwait Saudi Relations’

IOR/R/15/5/114

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The record is made up of 1 volume (248 folios). It was created in 22 Nov 1938-16 Oct 1939. 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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Correspondence and papers concerning negotiations finalising trade, Bon Voisinage and extradition treaties between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, in an effort to lift the trade blockade, imposed upon Kuwait at the orders of the of King of Saudi Arabia, ‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd (Ibn Sa‘ūd). The volume is a direct chronological continuation of ‘1/1 Volume V Koweit Saudi Relations’ (IOR/R/15/5/113), and includes:

  • Multiple drafts in both Arabic and English of a trade agreement, and Bon Voisinage and extradition treaties between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
  • Correspondence amongst British officials regarding the finalisation of the wording of the various agreements and treaties, including modifications demanded by the Ruler of Kuwait and Saudi Government.
  • Discussion amongst British officials of changes in Ibn Saud’s attitude towards the Rulers of Kuwait and Bahrain, and Ibn Saud’s response to the development of closer ties between Kuwait and Iraq.

The volume’s principal correspondents are: the Kuwait 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. (Captain Gerald Simpson DeGaury; Major Arnold Crawshaw Galloway); 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. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. (Lieutenant-Colonel Trenchard William Craven Fowle); the British Government’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (Reader William Bullard); the Ruler of Kuwait (Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ); 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. representatives in London (Roland Tennyson Peel; John Percival Gibson); Foreign Office representatives in London (Lacy Baggallay); the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax).

Extent and format
1 volume (248 folios)
Arrangement

The volume’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 246; 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. The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the first and last leading and ending flyleaves.

An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 4-243; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
Type
Archival file

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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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Unrestricted

Archive reference
IOR/R/15/5/114
Former external reference(s)
Second Series Subject Files: File 1/1 VI

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22 Nov 1938-16 Oct 1939 (CE, Gregorian)

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