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'File 3/8 Affairs of Sh. Khaz`als sons.' [‎68r] (135/508)

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The record is made up of 1 file (252 folios). It was created in 15 Mar 1942-17 Aug 1948. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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My dear Sir Geoffrey,
, Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. , Kuwait's letter
No. 0/39 dt. 5th Iv!arch, 1946, to H.H.
His Highness* letter No.R.6.3107 dt | ondence forwarded herewith
$32^ ath March, 1946 to P.A., Kuwait. I regarding Shaikh Abdullah
Letter dt. 10th March,1946, from Sh. j Khazal ?
Abdullah Khazal to P.A.. Kuwait. \
3. I consider we can place little reliance on the latter’s promise
to the Ruler to refrain from any political activity while in Kuwait.
During my interview with Shaikh Abdullah Khazal on the 9th March, he
frequently emphasised his precarious financial position, and anim
adverted at some length on the loss of prestige he would incur if he
were compelled to become a taxi driver or adopt a similar profession
to earn his living.
3. I am not in a position to assess his wordly wealth but, now that
Iraq is closed to him, imagine he must be pretty impecunious and,
from what I have heard it appears that he is in fact so.
I do not think he will be content to sit in Kuwait for any length of
time living on the crumbs from his step-mother’s table.
I feel, then, that he is bound to wish to move on elsewhere or to
repeat in some form or other his previous escapade and think we
should be prepared for either eventuality.
4. His request to be allowed to return to Khuzistan is presumably
not acceptable and, if His Majesty’s Government would in anyway incur
any responsibility were he to cause further trouble while staying
in Kuwait, would it not be preferable that he were persuaded to reside
further away from Persia and that, as a last resort, we should be
prepared to maintain him.
I know His Majesty’s Government are anxious to avoid any^claim
for maintenance and the only country where he might find asylum^
without our incuring any such obligation seems to be Saudi Arabia
and suggest that the Ruler persuades him to move on there.
Yours sincerely,
Will you please refer to
the marginally noted corresp-
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The Hon’ble Sir Geoffrey Prior, K.C.I.S,
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. , BUSHIRE .
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M.B.

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This file relates to the heirs of Shaikh Khaz‘al [Khaz‘al bin Jabir bin Merdaw Āl Ka‘bī], the late Arab Shaikh of Mohommerah [Khorramshahr], and their requests for British assistance.

The first few items of correspondence concern Shaikh Khaz‘al's eldest son, Shaikh Chassib bin Khaz‘al [Shaikh Chassib bin Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī], who is now living in Iraq and who is reported to have requested permission from the British Embassy at Baghdad to enter Iran (most of the correspondence in this file refers to Iran as Persia), for the purpose of personally pressing his claims to property belonging to his father, which had been sequestered by the late Shah [Reza Shah Pahlavi].

The remainder of the file relates to Shaikh Chassib's brother, Shaikh Abdullah bin Khaz‘al [Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī], and his wish to return to live in Persia, apparently peacefully, which is treated with suspicion by British officials. Much of the correspondence discusses whether Shaikh Abdullah, who has taken refuge in Kuwait after an unsuccessful attempt to return to live in Persia, should be given a British pension or an allowance, in order to prevent him from attempting to return to Persia, since it is deemed unlikely that he will receive any compensation from the Persian Government for the loss of his father's property.

Also included in the file are a copy of a document from the Combined Intelligence Centre, Iraq, entitled 'The Sheikhdom of Mohammerah A Short History' and a Foreign Office report entitled 'British Relations with Khazal, Sheikh of Mohammerah'.

The principal correspondents are the following: the 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 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. ; the British Consul, Khorramshahr; the 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. ; the Secretary of State for India; the Foreign Office; His Majesty's Ambassador, Tehran; His Majesty's Ambassador, Baghdad; the Ruler of Kuwait, Shaikh Ahmed al Jabir As-Subah [Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ]; Shaikh Abdullah bin Khaz‘al.

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1 file (252 folios)
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The papers are arranged in chronological order from the front to the rear of the file. Circled serial numbers (red for received correspondence; blue/black for issued correspondence) refer to entries in the notes at the rear of the volume.

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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 254; 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. Additional foliation sequences, one of which is written in pencil and not circled (between ff 3-131 and ff 143-224), and one of which is written in pencil and circled (between ff 1-253), have been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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