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'File 61/22 I (D 116) Bahra Agreement: meeting of tribunal under the ---, 1930. Also bound with this file is 61/23:- treaty between Nejd & Kuwait' [‎180r] (373/422)

The record is made up of 1 volume (209 folios). It was created in 6 Feb 1920-12 Aug 1931. 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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Mo. 62-ti. of 1951.
BritiBh Rcaiaency Conaalate-ucncral,
Bushlre, the 9tJi February 1951.
From
To
The bccretary to the Hor^ble Uie Political neaiaent
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. ,
Yhe Poll ti col A^en t #
Kuwa it.
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f^h
Sir,
I am directed to invite a reference to the
?*v correspondence ending with my predecesaor 1 b letter Ho. b82-S,
dated the 20th October 1950, regarding tlie draft treaty to
be negotiated between Kuwait and Hejd for the aettlement of
claims.
2. His Majesty's aovernment have now a^roved of
the proposals contained in the Hon'ble the Political nesiuent's
despatch Ho. 44, dated the 20th October 1950 (copy of which
was forwarded to you with the letter referred to above), and
have agreed to the elimination of -he tribal clauses.
Colonel iJiscoe in that despn>c^ expressed the view that,
since relations between Kuwait and Wejd were in many ways
somev/hat leso forwalthan those between liejd and Iraq, it
would probably be preferable that the nachinery set up for the
settleraent of claims should be somewhat less formal than that
provided in the Bahra Agreement and based more on tribal cue to#
and practice.
3. If a satisfactory settle;tent ia arrived at over
the question of the 55 Mejd camels discovered in Kuv/ait
territory, and if Ibn tsaud accepts Cht bhaiJch's valuation and
sends the money to Kuwait, this case should form a most valuabj
precedent for the settlement of future cases by the tribal
sys ten^/

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The volume contains two separate but related subject files: on the Bahra Tribunal (folios 1-80) and on a proposed treaty between Kuwait and the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz (folios 81-198). Both parts consist of correspondence relating to their subjects.

The correspondents in both parts include Francis Humphrys, High Commissioner for Iraq, Harold Dickson, 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 Kuwait, the British Charge d'Affaires at Jeddah, Hugh Biscoe, 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 Foreign Office, Colonial Office, and 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, Sheikh Aḥmad, Ruler of Kuwait, Ibn Sa‘ud, King of Najd and Hejaz, and the Government of Iraq.

The first part deals with the following matters:

  • organisation of the tribunal, including suggestions for time, location and who (of the British officers) will preside over proceedings;
  • what claims for compensation will be considered, specifically whether to permit submission for claims from raids prior to November 1927 (date of the Busaiya Raid);
  • the payment of a lump sum of £10,000 to be made by Ibn Sa‘ud to Kuwait and Iraq.
  • the applications to migrate to Syria of rebel Najd subject, Ibn Mashhur.

Folios 77-80 are internal office notes.

The second part deals with the proposals and preparations for a treaty between Kuwait and Najd. It includes suggestions of a meeting between the rulers of the two countries and a discussion about the future of Kuwait as an independent nation. Folios 122-124 contain a copy of the draft agreement.

Folios 195-198 are internal office notes.

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1 volume (209 folios)
Arrangement

The volume is split into two parts, each a subject file itself, and each part is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the sequence starts on the first folio and continues through to the last. It is written in pencil 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. Foliation anomalies: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d; 12, 12a; 132, 132a; 150, 150a; 188, 188a; 193, 193a. There is no folio number ‘1’. There are other intermittent and inconsistent numbering systems which are often crossed out.

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