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'File 3/2 Interference with Kuwait Sailing Craft on High Seas by Persian warships.' [‎42r] (83/550)

The record is made up of 1 file (273 folios). It was created in 10 Apr 1933-23 Dec 1949. It was written in English, Arabic and Farsi. 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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POLITICAL AGENCY An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company.
Dated the 4th July 1933.
Lt.-Colonel H.R.P.Diokson, C.I.E., I.A.,
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. , Kuwait;
The Hon’ble 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. , ; u s h 1 r e .
Seizure of Kuwait Dhow by Persian Warship
" iff Hen jam ^
With reference to your No.732-S, dated the 27th
June 1933, I have the honour to # inform you that I was
lucky enough to get hold of the master of the Kuwait
n Indianman n this morning. He had been away in Basrah for
some time, and had just returned.
2 . I was not only able to get the information you
required about the dhows position etc., when she was first
held up, but I was also able to ascertain the depth of the
water, when she was finally forced to anchor, which from
our point of view is ver
as satisfactory as it might have been, but I had to rely
entirely on the Sheikhs reports, which being in the nature
of second hand evidence missed the point in some respects.
4. I found the master of the rt Fath ul Khair rt , Salim
bin Mubarak, a sensible and quiet sailorman of about 45
years of age. He not only produced his ships charjl, which
was quite up io date but also showed that he thoroughly
3. I regret that
understood it

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This file relates to incidents of Kuwaiti sailing boats being intercepted (and in some cases seized and detained) by Persian warships and other vessels, on suspicions of smuggling. The file largely consists of correspondence between British officials regarding several specific incidents, including one case in which a Kuwaiti dhow was reportedly seized by a Persian warship (the Babr ) off Henjam [Henjān], and towed to Bandar Abbas [Bandar-e ʻAbbās]. Much of the correspondence surrounding this case and others is concerned with establishing whether or not the incidents occurred within Persian territorial waters.

The file discusses more generally the British perspective regarding the extent of Persia's territorial waters and the Persian Navy's right to stop and search foreign vessels in the Gulf. Also included are instructions from the Admiralty regarding the attitude that should be adopted by His Majesty's ships in the Gulf in response to incidents of interference by Persian vessels.

The principal correspondents are the following:

Some of the correspondence dating from after 1935 refers to 'Iranian' rather than 'Persian' vessels, presumably in response to the Iranian Government's request for the international community to refer to the state by its historical name.

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1 file (273 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 275; 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. Two additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 3-274, and ff 6-274; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English, Arabic and Farsi in Latin and Arabic script
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