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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.' [‎180v] (280/336)

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.

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Troclamation from Sheikh Mubarek-bin-
Sabah, Chief of Koweit.
Be it known to all who see this that
British and Persian vessels of war have per
mission to search vessels carrying their and
our flags in Koweit territorial waters, and to
confiscate all arms and ammunition in them,
if these arms and ammunition are intended for
Indian or Persian or Koweit ports. Koweit
vessels found in Indian and Persian waters by
British and Persian vessels of war suspected to
contain arms and ammunition for Indian,
Persian and Koweit ports are liable to be
searched by the said vessels, and all such arms
and ammunition found in them will he con
fiscated.
Dated this
24th day of Moharrum 1318.
24th day of May 1900.
Seal
of
Mubarek-bin-Sabah.
Enclosure No. 8.
No. 142, dated Bushire, the 28th May 1900.
From— Captain C. A. Kemball, Officiating: 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 Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India, Foreign Department.
I have the honour to report that, in accordance with your instructions, I
visited Koweit on the 24th instant, and at an interview with Sheikh Muharek,
Chief of Koweit, I explained to him the desirability of his putting a stop to
the traffic in arms within his territories. The Chief informed me that up to
the present the importation of arms into Koweit had not been carried on to
any great extent, and that he had already taken steps to prevent the con
tinuance of the trade, as he himself saw the advisability of putting a stop to it
in his own interests.
He readily agreed to sign an agreement, prohibiting the importation and
exportation of arms so far as Koweit territory is concerned. Copies of this
agreement and of the notifications signed by the Chief have been forwarded
to you under separate cover.
2. Whether the arms trade in Koweit is in reality more extensive than
the Chief gave me to understand I was not able to ascertain. It is possible
that the Chief himself does not know the extent to which it is being carried
on, though, when I suggested to him this possibility, he refused to entertain it.
So far as I was able to judge, the Chief intends to abide loyally by his agree
ment, and in any case the agreement cannot but have a good effect, as the
dealers in arms at Maskat and elsewhere will now know that the trade is pro
hibited so far as Koweit is concerned, and that it will, if pursued, be attended
with risk.
3 . I thought it advisable to obtain the Chief’s consent to the issue of the
proclamation, authorising British and Persian vessels of war to search vessels
carrying British, Persian or Koweit flags in Koweit territorial waters. In
this connection, however, it has to be considered that Koweit vessels fly the
Turkish flag, and although I presume that there would be no objection to
British or Persian vessels of war searching vessels under the Turkish flag in
Indian and Persian waters, the search of vessels carrying the Turkish flag within
Jioweit waters by our ships might prove a source of embarrassment if it came

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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 Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. (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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