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'File 61/15 II (D 44) Kuwait Conference' [‎6r] (26/658)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (326 folios). It was created in 26 Jan 1924-24 May 1926. 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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regard tbe e-vidence of Sir r&rcy Cox m in ^isy way fin^X* It
wafc. merely ohm ©f th^ utring* to their bow -nd they had oih^r
argii»^ntfe which th^y were by no means prepared to abandon nor
wer^ they ready to abandon their cl im. I am afraid that I
flowed heat at t ie infamous oond ct, declared in thai
case th^re was no au$ continuing the discussion any further
that morning and t &% I would give a delay of 24 hoiirfc, in which
both i and the Bejd delegates might think ove r this m w d^ partura
1 reminded th^a that it wa» the second ti« that they had played
whfe confer - net; $ Ite ^nd that^ if they persisted in that
attitude, 1 should prcoaoly h va to atsk my Govtrnm^ni wht th^r it
mm the slightst us© continuing to confer with persons *ho
haoitually said one thing today and a different thing tomorrow.
^ iso pointed out to th«m that they were j copardiEing # by such
trickery t far more important int^retta # thin the r turn or say
lOv Bjtjue or eainelB,
ro-.«»»emul«<S on to* 8£to January but tot- lejd
d«l«c«Ue, with the exctpUon of Dr. Abdullali who looked
dLcldedly uncomXortuble,hsd hardenfed their hearte and were not
prepared t. yield an inch. 1 hare report d the rastter briefly
in my telegram Mo.83 dated SS-1-24 to ^our Gr-ce't ddreeo tnd
thereupon infoiatd the Sejd del gates thst I can cor mue no
further di^ueaione with toem until the pleatar. of my Government
wae known and they are now considering -nd. i undemtend,
coneulting Hie Highneee the Cultan of Kejd «• to whether they
ehould depart by ihe nest steamer which leave* Kuwait by tht
eame mail an qy lettere to Hi* Highneta the fultan of Stjd.eay
•lt-t of January.
it ie iffipoeeible to believe th ths Bejd deU tee
would h ve ti en hie great reeponeibility on thewstlvee of
v-reckim the •Utmmmfor th. mm few „o or
ndjfi,. Uierefore driven to eeek further reaeone for this,
extraordin ry conduct, of which 1 muet repeat t ere hae t en
hi vi.i x to not thss Blightvei, indication except within th« 1 et

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The volume contains correspondence relating to the adjournment, second phase, and collapse of the Kuwait Conference. The correspondence is between the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire, the Political Agencies at Kuwait and Bahrain, the High Commissioners in Baghdad and Jerusalem, the Colonial Office in London, the British Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Jeddah, the Government of India, Sheikh Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, ruler of Kuwait, Ibn Sa'ud, Sultan of Najd, King Faisal of Iraq, and Amir Abdullah of Transjordan.

The main aim of the conference was to settle issues of border delineation between Najd, Transjordan, the Hejaz, and Iraq. Other issues of negotiation were the return of Shammar refugees to Najd from Iraq and compensation for past raids. Much of the correspondence deals with this. The discussion focuses around the status of places that there is most disagreement on: Wadi Sirhan (Jauf [Jawf], Kaf [Kāf]), Akaba [al-‘Aqaba], Maan [Ma‘ān], and the Hejaz frontier (Khurma, Turbah, Khaybar). Other more practical issues are discussed, such as travel arrangements and the identity of attendees, including Ibn Sa‘ud's decision not to send one of his son's as delegate which led to King Hussein withdrawing his own representative.

Other subjects covered by the volume are:

  • a large raid by the Ikhwan on Iraqi shepherd tribes that effectively ended the conference;
  • the presentation by the British of a silver plate to Sheikh Ahmed to thank him for his hospitality;
  • the official Najd government publication of a 'green book' on the conference.

Notable within the volume are Stuart Knox's notes and minutes on the numerous sittings of the conference: folios 1D-37, 57-90, 120-29, 252-63, 265-71, 274-80.

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1 volume (326 folios)

The volume is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the sequence starts on the title page and ends on the last folio. The numbering is written in pencil, circled, and found 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. There are the following irregularities: 1A, 1B, 1C, and 1D; 165A and 165B. There is a second, incomplete sequence the runs between folios 165-319. It is also written in pencil but is not circled.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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