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'File 53/11 III (D 69) Sheikh of Kuwait's and Mohammerah's Date Gardens in Iraq' [‎53r] (111/422)

The record is made up of 1 volume (211 folios). It was created in 14 Nov 1926-31 Jul 1930. 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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Septernbe-' la'at, and also, if necessary, rer-ind the Iraq • {
Govei nj.-iei:t t.iat the Financial Tlissiun, which visited Iraq
in u.925, recor.jiiie]:ded, in para# VIII of the /.poendix to their
xepoi >, t l ia•- tjie Ire u Government s/iould honour tUe undertakings
v,liich had been n-iven by His Majesty* s Governi;.er t to the
Sheikhs of Llohammerah and Ku/wait. The Ira,^ Govern; :er, t - ve
not hitherto, so ar as I am av/are, given any express intiiaa-
tion of their unwillingness to accent that recommendation.
4. If the Iraq Government are prepared to honour those
undert m icingsj_ but are doubtful ol their ability to persuade
the Iraq Parliment to pass trie necessary legislation it Vvill
be for considerauion whether King Feisal should not be requested
to pass an Ordinance,^in accordance with Article 26(3) of the
In, Constitution, to rive effect to these undertakings. For
the reasons stated in the second paragraph of this Despatch
His Iiajesty's Government consider that the fulfilment of these
undertakings may be regarded as a treaty obligation on the
part of the Iraq Govermnent which that Government may be
called upon to fulfil under Article 4 of the Treaty of the
10th of October 1922, or under Article 2 of the New Treaty when
that instrument enters into force; but it would clearly be
preferable if the Iraq Governmen could be induced to honour
those undertakings without the necessity of invoking the
articles of the Treaties to which I have referred above.
I hav e etc..

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The correspondence in this file discusses date gardens in Fao [the Al Faw Peninsula], Iraq owned by the ruler of Kuwait, Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ and the Shaikh of Mohammerah, Khaz‘al bin Jābir al-Ka‘bī.

In particular, the correspondence concerns the Government of Iraq's intention to end the immunity from taxation (on the gardens) that had been granted to the former ruler of Kuwait, Shaikh Mubārak Āl Ṣabāḥ and Khaz'al al-Ka'bi by the British Government in return for their military support against the Ottoman Empire in World War 1. The file contains correspondence between British officials that discusses the British Government's obligations to Kuwait and how it should react to the Government of Iraq's plans as well as correspondence directly between British and Iraqi officials.

The file contains a British Government briefing note from 1928 entitled "British International Obligations in respect of Iraq' (ff. 54-57) and figures regarding the estimated value of the tax immunity on Shaikh Aḥmad's land (f. 90).

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1 volume (211 folios)

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

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Condition: Previously a bound correspondence volume, the file's sheets have been unbound and are now loose.

Foliation: The file has an incomplete foliation sequence and a complete sequence. The complete sequence, which should be used for referencing, is circled 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 on the title page, on number 1, and ends on the last page of writing, on number 204. The file has the following foliation errors: ff 46A-B

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