‘1/1 Volume VII Kuwait-Saudi Relations’

IOR/R/15/5/115

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The record is made up of 2 volumes (291 folios). It was created in 1 Nov 1939-16 Feb 1948. 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 and ratifying trade, ‘Friendship and Neighbourly Relations’ (referred to in previous correspondence on the subject as Bon Voisinage ) and extradition treaties between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The volume is a direct chronological continuation of ‘1/1 Volume VI Kuwait Saudi Relations’ (IOR/R/15/5/114) and includes:

  • Draft copies of the agreements, in both Arabic and English.
  • Correspondence concerning the removal of article 7 of the Friendship and Neighbourly Relations agreement, relating to the nationality of tribes covered by the agreement, and subsequent efforts to draw up a list of tribes of Saudi and Kuwait nationality, to be added to the agreement in the form of a letter.
  • The King of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud’s [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] intention, articulated to the British Government in April 1940, to establish a customs post at Wafra [Al Wafrah], in the neutral zone between Kuwait and Saudi territory, and the Ruler of Kuwait’s [Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ] opposition to the plan.
  • Correspondence concerning final acceptance of the agreements in March 1942 (f 245) and arrangements for their signing and ratification in April 1942.
  • A press communiqué dated 4 June 1942, announcing the signing of the agreements and their handover to the Ruler of Kuwait (f 264), and a further communiqué dated 5 May 1943, announcing the ratification of the agreements (f 277).

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. (Major Arnold Crawshaw Galloway; Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Richard Patrick Dickson; Major Tom Hickinbotham); 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 Charles Geoffrey Prior); the British Government’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (Reader William Bullard; Hugh Stonehewer Bird); the Ruler of Kuwait (Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ).

Extent and format
2 volumes (291 folios)
Arrangement

The volumes’ contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the second volume (ff 289-293) mirror the chronological arrangement.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: this file consists of two physical volumes. The foliation sequence commences at the front cover of volume one (ff 1-166) and terminates at the inside back cover of volume two (ff 167-295); 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.

An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 2-294; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

Written in
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/15/5/115
Former external reference(s)
Second Series Subject Files: File 1/1 VII

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Date(s)
1 Nov 1939-16 Feb 1948 (CE, Gregorian)

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