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'File 53/54 V (D 129) Kuwait Blockade' [‎3v] (12/384)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (193 folios). It was created in 31 Oct 1935-1 Apr 1937. 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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Enclosure 2.
[E 4949/206/25]
Correspondence exchanged between the Delegates of ^ A ur)i Ar^ia and
Koweit at the Conference held at Koweit between June 17 and lydo,
to discuss a Settlement of the Economic Blockade of Koweit by King
Ibn Saud.
[E 4518/206/25]
I.— Translation of a Letter dated the lUh Rabi Auwal, 1354 {June 17, 1935) /row
Ahmad-at-Humaidhi, Humammad -hin-TJiunaiyan-al-Chanim, and Khahd-
az-Zaid (Koweit delegates), to Khalid A hul Walid, Hamad-as-Sulaiman, and J'
Ahdulla-al-Qusaihi {Saudi delegates).
(After compliments.) 1 . 1U
IN view of what is known to you and to us, and also to every high-born and
poor person, of the good and friendly relations which have existed foi veiy many
years between the A1 Sabah and the Al Saud dynasties, more especially between
His Majesty King Abdul Aziz and his Excellency Sheikh Ahmad-al-Jabir, and
in consequence of the desire of both countries to further strengthen these relations,
by removing the trade blockade of Koweit, we have suggested below the most
suitable method, as seemed to us, for the resumption of the export trade (from
Koweit) with His Majesty's Kingdom. These are as follows ;—
(1) That customs collecting centres should be established within the frontiers
of His Majesty the King. These may consist of one post or more than
one, and in such places as His Majesty the King may choose.
(2) That his Excellency Sheikh Ahmad-al-Jabir shall, for his part, assist to
the best of his power in the control and guiding of all exports to the
above posts or centres. This will be by means of manifests, which will
be issued in triplicate; the first copy to go with the goods, the second
to be handed over to His Majesty's local agent, Abdulla-an-Nafisi, and
the third one to remain in the customs office of the local Government.
The above is the opinion we hold, and the procedure is one which is recognised
between kingdoms and nations that are good neighbours, as well as by others.
II.— Translation of a Letter dated the 23/^ Rabi Auwal, 1354 {June 24, 1935),
from the Saudi Delegation to the Koweiti Delegation. ^
(After compliments.)
WITH reference to the discussion which we had with you to-day in regard
to the resumption of " Musabalah " (" trade ") between our country and Koweit,
we beg to reiterate in writing, in addition to what we explained verbally, the good
intentions of our Government, and the affectionate spirit, friendliness, and good
feeling which they have towards the Koweit Government, and to say that they
(the Saudi Government) are prepared to continue conversations with a view to
arriving at a satisfactory conclusion between both sides, and to discuss measures
to remove all misunderstanding for the future. Such conversations, however, must
be on the one clear basis, that the Government of Koweit shall give " guarantee "
(" dhaman ") with regard to goods passing (across frontier) to His Majesty the
King's territory (i.e., that nothing is smuggled apart from goods sent under
manifests). This, indeed, is what we proposed in the course of our discussions
(Usual ending.)
with you.

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This file contains correspondence related to a trading blockade imposed on Kuwait by Abdul Aziz ibn Abdulrahman ibn Faisal Al Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd (Ibn Saud)], the King of Saudi Arabia.

The correspondence is primarily between British officials attempting to mediate between the two parties and the file contains detailed notes regarding negotiations between them at a conference held in Kuwait.

The file also contains translated copies of correspondence between the Kuwaiti and Saudi Arabian delegations and translated correspondence between British officials and Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ the ruler of Kuwait.

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1 volume (193 folios)

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

An index of topics discussed in the file is contained on folio 1A.

Physical characteristics

Condition: A bound correspondence volume.

Foliation: Some of the file's folios have Foreign Office index numbers circled in red crayon or red ink. There is a modern foliation sequence, which should be used for referencing. 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'. of each folio. It begins with the first item of correspondence, on number 1, and ends on the inside of the back cover, on number 201. The following folios are missing from the sequence: f 2, f 4, f 6, f 8, f 10, f 22 and ff 24-29. The file contains the following foliation error: 1, 1A.

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