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File 1247/1912 Pt 1 'Turkey:- Communication to Turkish Govt of agreement between Gt. Britain and Koweit, Bahrein & Trucial Chiefs. Decorations for Sheiks of Koweit, Mohammerah & Bahrein in connection with Anglo-Turkish Convention.' [‎144v] (208/336)

The record is made up of 123 folios. It was created in 19 Oct 1896-24 Sep 1913. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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( 11 .)
Article of Aqreement entered into by Sheikh Sultan-bin-Suggar, dated Shargah, the
22nd Mohurrum, A.TL. 1254 (April 17, a.d. 1858).
In the event of vessels connected with my ports, or belonging to my subjects,
coming under the suspicion of being employed in the carrying off (literally stealing)
and embarkation of slaves, men, women, or children, I, Sultan-bin-Suggur, sheikh of t e
Joasmee tribe, do hereby agree to their being detained and searched, whenever am
wherever they may be fallen in with on the seas, by the cruisers of the British brovern^
ment ; and further, that upon its being ascertained that the crews have carried off
(literally “ stolen ”) and embarked slaves, their vessels shall be liable to seizure and
confiscation by the aforesaid cruisers. a x
(Sealed by Sultan-bm-Suggur.)
Similar agreement signed by Sheikh Rashed-bin-Hamid, of Ejman, Sheikh
Muktoom-bin-Butye, of Debay ; Sheikh Khuleefa-bin-Shaikbout, of Aboo Dhebbee.
( 12 .)
Agreement entered into by Sheikh Sultan-bin-Suggur, Chief of Ras-ool-Khcimail,
dated off Ras-ool-Khcnnah, July 3, 1839.
I Sultan-bin-Suggur, sheikh of the Joasmee tribe, do hereby declare that I bind
and pledge myself to the British Government in the following engagements
Article 1.
That the Government cruisers, whenever they may meet any vessel belonging to
myself or my subjects beyond direct line drawn from Cape Dalgado, passing 2 degrees
seaward of the Island of Socotra, and ending at Cape Guadel, and shall suspect that
such vessels engaged in the slave trade, the said cruisers are permitted to detain and
search it.
Article 2.
Should it on examination be proved that any vessel belonging to myself or my
subjects is carrying slaves, whether men, women, or children, for sale beyond the
aforesaid line, then the Government cruisers shall seize and confiscate such vessel and
her cargo. But if the aforesaid vessel shall pass beyond the aforesaid line owing to
stress of weather, or other case of necessity not under control, then she shall not )e
seized.
Article 3.
As the selling of males and females, whether grown up to young, who are “ boor,”
or free, is contrary to the Mahommedan religion, and whereas the Soomalee tribe is
included in the “ hoor,” or free, I, Sultan-bin-Suggur, do hereby agree that the sale of
males and females, whether young or old, of the Soomalee tribe, shall be considered as
piracy, and that after four months from this date all those of my people convicted of
being concerned in such an act shall be punished the same as pirates
^ (Seal of Sultan-bm-Suggur.)
y ote __A similar agreement to the above was entered into by Sheikh Khuleefa-bin-
Shakbout on the 1st July, 1839, and by Sheikh Muktoom of Debay, and Sheikh
Abdoola-bin-Rashed of Umm-ool-Keiweyn, on the 2nd of the same month.
(13.)
‘Engagement entered into by Sheikh Sultan-bin-Suggur, Chief of Ras-ool-kheimah and
Shargah, for the Abolition of the African Slave Trade in his Forts, 1817.
^ It having been intimated to me by Major Hennell, the resident in the Persian
Gulf, that certain conventions have lately been entered into by his Highness the Imam
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The correspondence relates to the Anglo-Turkish Convention and assistance provided by the Shaikhs of Koweit [Kuwait] and Mahommerah [Khorramshahr] in the negotiation process, which results in the decision to bestow the award of KCSI (Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India) on both Shaikhs.

Also discussed are:

  • the negotiations between the Ottoman Government and the Bagdad Railway Company;
  • a request by the Turkish Government for copies of agreements and conventions made by the British Government with Koweit, Bahrein [Bahrain] and the Trucial Chiefs;
  • the decision to also bestow honours of a CSI (Companion of the Order of the Star of India) on Shaikh of Bahrein and CIE (Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire) on Haji Rais, trusted confident and adviser to the Shaikh of Mahommerah.

The principal correspondents include the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Sir Edward Grey), the Secretary of State for India (Viscount Morley of Blackburn, Lord George F Hamilton, and Lord Crewe), the Viceroy of India (Lord Curzon, Earl of Minto), the 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 the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. (Percy Zachariah Cox), the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India (Arthur Henry McMahon), and representatives of the Foreign Office.

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Foliation: The foliation sequence for this description commences at f 86, and terminates at f 208, as part of a larger physical volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located 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.

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