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'File 61/14 XVI (D 67) Relations between Nejd and Iraq' [‎2ar] (12/538)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (267 folios). It was created in 1 Feb 1930-29 Apr 1930. 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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The volume contains correspondence relating to relations between Najd, Kuwait and Iraq. The correspondence is between 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. in Kuwait, 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. in Bushire, Lord Passfield, Secretary of State for the Colonies in London, William Bond, Charge d'Affaires in Jeddah, Francis Humphrys, High Commissioner in Iraq, Robert Brooke-Popham, Air Officer Commanding in Iraq, the Government of India, Sheikh Ahmed al-Jabar al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait, Ibn Sa'ud, King of Najd and the Hejaz, Fuad Hamza, Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs for the Kingdom of Hejaz and Najd, and Sheikh Hafiz Wahba, advisor to Ibn Sa'ud.

The documents cover a period following the surrender of rebel Ikhwan tribes and their leaders. The first part of the volume contains correspondence from Jeddah with enclosures that pertain to earlier events in January 1930, including the search for rebels and their eventual surrender. The remainder of the volume covers the following events and subjects:

  • the negotiations between Dickson, Biscoe, and Ibn Sa'ud over the return of rebels to Najd and compensation claims for losses;
  • the arrangements for and results of a meeting of Iraqi and Najdi delegates to discuss future relations;
  • the arrangements for and results of a meeting between Ibn Sa'ud and King Faisal of Iraq to come to a 'bon voisinage' agreement;
  • the search for any remaining rebels in Kuwaiti territory;
  • some reports of ill treatment of the returning rebels by Ibn Sa’ud's people.

Also of note are several extracts and summaries of newspaper articles about the situation (folios 25, 38-39, 40-41). These are either from the Saudi newspaper Umm al-Qura or the Egyptian al-Muqattam .

At the end of the volume (folios 252-56) are internal office notes.

Extent and format
1 volume (267 folios)

The volume is arranged chronologically. There is an alphabetical subject index to the contents, at the front of the volume (folios 3-4). The index entries include the folio numbers of relevant documents, to help identify and locate them within the volume.

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Foliation: The sequence starts on the first folio and ends on the last. 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: 2 and 2A; 34 and 34A; 39 and 39A; 55, 55A, and 55B; 188 and 188A. There is a second, inconsistent sequence. It is a combination of foliation and pagination and runs between folios 5-251. It is written in pencil but is not circled.

Condition: folio 121 has a hole in it, obscuring some text.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 61/14 XVI (D 67) Relations between Nejd and Iraq' [‎2ar] (12/538), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/592, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 November 2019]

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