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'File 86/66 Status of Kuwait Bay and Extent of Territorial Waters in Kuwait' [‎11r] (25/42)

The record is made up of 1 file (21 folios). It was created in 25 Jul 1946-21 Jul 1947. 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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/2 March, 1947.
Would you please refer to the
correspondence resting v/ith your express
letter No. 1206-S dated 27th Decemiber, 19k6,
on the status of Kuwait Bay and the extent
of territorial waters?
2, I now forward a copy of a letter from
the Foreign Office dated 26th February,
1947 containing a number of suggestions as
to the steps which might "be taken by the
Sheikh of Koweit to establish the status of
the "bay as an "historical" bay. We should
be glad to have your view in this matter,
and your recommendation as to the course of
action which should now be adopted.
3. A copy is enclosed for the Political
Agent, Koweit.
IAN CULF RESIDENCY A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India.
r fe r
The Hon'ble Lt -Col.W. H.Kay, CSI. ,012.,
Persian Gkilf Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ,
Bahrein.

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The file concerns the question of whether Kuwait Bay (also referrred to in the papers as Koweit Bay) was an historic bay (or territorial inlet) [an area of water over which a coastal state has asserted soverignty over a long period of time, and with the acquiescence of other nations], and the precise extent of Kuwait's territorial waters. The issue arose from an enquiry raised with 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. by the Kuwait Oil Company in 1940 about how to settle details of oil concessions, but which had not been investigated fully because of the intervention of World War Two. The file contains correspondence on the subject between 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. , the Ministry of Fuel and Power, the Admiralty, the Foreign Office, 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. , 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. , Bahrain, and 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. , Kuwait, July 1946 - July 1947 (including reference to the issue of ownership of the seabed under international law for the purposes of extracting oil, and discussion of the ways in which the Sheikh of Kuwait could assert his title to the bay); and resultant correspondence in Arabic and English 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. , Kuwait (Major Maurice Patrick O'Connor Tandy) and the Ruler of Kuwait (Sheikh Sir Ahmed al Jabir As-Subah) containing a request from the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. that the Ruler inform the Kuwait Oil Company in writing that the territory of the State of Kuwait included Kuwait Bay, as defined within precise maritime co-ordinates, July 1947.

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1 file (21 folios)
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The papers are arranged in chronological order from the front to the rear of the file. Circled serial nunbers (red for incoming correspondence, blue for outgoing correspondence) would have referred to entries in the notes, but these are not present.

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Foliation: the foliation system in use commences at 1 on the front cover, and continues through to 19 on the back cover. The sequence is written in pencil and appears in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio. Foliation anomalies: ff. 1, 1A, 1B. The following folio needs to be folded out to be read: f. 7.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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