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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.' [‎207r] (333/336)

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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I* A H i I A M E N T A R V N 0 TIC E.
Session 1911 •
Date. Initial.
Under Secretary
Parliamentary Under Secre
tary.
Secretary of State
Question by
For
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
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protective rights ov^"^ Cowrit witlS Sfof
documents referred to in the statement, [Tuesday 21st mLc/l] & ^
[Form No. 7.]
5976. I. 1086. 1000.—6/1909.
The SECRETARY of STATE for
FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir Edward Grey):
We have had important commercial rela
tions with Koweit for a very considerable
period, and in recent years there have been
communications with the Sheikh of
Koweit, including a formal agreement in
1899. I am not prepared to lay papers at
the present moment, but I may state that
MINUTE the condition for which His Majesty’s
Government have always stipulated on be
half of the Sheikh of Koweit is that the
status quo should be maintained.
Mr DILLON: Has the right h„„.
Gentleman communicated to Foreign
Governments, and notably to Turkey, the
papers and documents on which England
rehes; if so, does he not consider that
they should be communicated to the
House of Commons ?
Sir E. GREY: I understand after the
discussion that took place the other dav it
^ n fj U j al • that the House of Commons
should desire those papers. In answer to
the supplementary question, I should say
hat the relations of His Majesty’s Gov-
ernment and their position with regard to
the Sheikh of Koweit, have now, and on
previous occasions, formed the subject of
communication with the Government of
Turkey, but the fact that negotiations are
still in progress, is a reason why it is very
aimcult to promise when papers can
actually be laid.
^ KINLOCH-COOKE: Can the
right hon. Gentleman state what is the
position of Koweit in regard to Turkey ?
.. Sir 1 can onl y state the posi-
tion of His Majesty’s Government, which
is that the status quo should be main
tained.
Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT: Does the
right hon. _ Gentleman admit the implica
tion in this question that Great Britain
claims protective rights over the territorv
of Koweit?
Sir E. GREY : I leave to my hon. Friend
who put the question the responsibility for
the use of the words “protective rights.”

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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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