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'Historical Summary of Events in the Persian Gulf Shaikhdoms and the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman, 1928-1953: Appendices, Genealogical Tables' [‎135v] (57/142)

The record is made up of 1 volume (65 folios). It was created in c 1953. 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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(Paragraph 135)
Letter, dated November 3 1938, from the Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs,
to His Majesty's Ambassador, Bagdad
The proposals concerning the properties in Iraq claimed by the Shaikhs of
Koweit and Mohammerah which were contained in Mr. C. H. Bateman's Note
No. 347 of 8th July, 1936, addressed to the then Minister for Foreign Affairs,
A1 Saiyid Nuri A1 Said, have now received the careful consideration of the Iraqi
2. The Iraqi Government are disposed to accept these proposals, subject to
the following: —
3. With regard to sub-paragraph (a) of paragraph 6 of Mr. Bateman's Note,
legislation must be passed before the undertaking can be given. The Iraqi
Government are prepared to propose such legislation and, on its coming into force,
to give the undertaking requested.
4. With regard to sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph 6, the British Government
may rest assured that the Iraqi Government have no intention of imposing
discriminatory taxation on the property of any person in Iraq. Furthermore, the
British Government must be aware that such taxation would be in conflict with
the provisions of the Iraqi Constitution. The Iraqi Government do not, therefore,
consider it proper or necessary for any further assurance to be given by them in
this connexion.
5. With regard to paragraph 8 the Iraqi Government confirm tliat the
nationality of the two shaikhs shall constitute no impediment or delay to the
completion of the registration of the properties which may be awarded to them in
accordance with the provisions of the Land Settlement Law.
6. The Iraqi Government are prepared to give the assurance mentioned in
paragraph 9 on the basis oi the Land Settlement Law or the Regulations issued
7. With regard to paragraph 10, it is necessary to point out that Article 25 (b)
of the Land Settlement Law provides that all judgments of the Special Court are
subject to appeal to the Court of Cassation on points of law. The Iraqi
Government cannot, therefore, confine litigation against the Shaikh of Koweit to
appeals, against the decisions of the Land Settlement Officer, to the Special Court
set up by virtue of Article 4 of the Law.
n • re g ar d to paragraph 12, it follows from paragraph 7 above that the
British Government should recognise the decision of the Court of Cassation as well
as the decisions of the Land Settlement Officer and the Special Court, and that the
British Government s undertaking not to object to any changes which may result
to he present boundaries of the Shaikhs' lands in consequence of the land
rf th™CourtCfcas?atTo U n St eXtend t0 changes whic,1 may result from an y decisions
9. The Iraqi Government consider it necessary as part of the settlement of
he present question to put an end finally to all disputes as to the competence of the
Iraqi Courts and the application of Iraqi law in all matters relalin" to immovable
o™c?ai r mVanin?ereTand r fo P Mhf SSed by eit 'J e^ I Sha . i, ^ or in wh ich either Shaikh has
future Thev wfil exerrkp £ T' P u . r P os ® Iraq, Government declare that for the
relating thereto withmit anv h' J t uns t dlctl0 " ov er such property and all matters
relating tnereto without any distinctions being made between it nflier
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Appendices to IOR/R/15/1/731(1). The appendices relate to the chapter on general matters, and to the chapters on Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the Trucial States, and Muscat. Also includes genealogical tables of Ruling Families in the Gulf at the end of the volume and (separately filed) further handwritten genealogical tables.

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1 volume (65 folios)

There is a list of contents at the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at 110 on the front cover and terminates at 176 on the last of the loose folios stored in polyester sheets. These numbers are written in pencil, are enclosed in a circle, and appear 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. The foliation sequence is a continuation of that in the main part of the document - IOR/R/15/1/731(1).

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