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'File 3/8 Affairs of Sh. Khaz`als sons.' [‎75r] (149/508)

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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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ifixt. 1095/ 46.
^0.26 .
British iimbassy,
22nd January 1946.
#ith reference to my telegram ho.81 of January
14, l have the honour to transmit herewith a copy of a
despatch from His Majesty's Consul, Hhorramshahr, giving
a connected account of Shaikh Abdullah Din Khazal’s
incursion into Khorramshahr.
1 would draw special attention to the last two
paragraphs, in which Major Stewart hints that Shaikh
Abdullah and the Soviet Consul in Ahwaz might find a
mutual^interest in subverting Persian authority in Khuz-
iotan. His Majesty’s Consul-General, Ahwaz, corroborates
Major Stewart's account of the Soviet Consul's activity
during the incident in a letter to the General Officer
^ommander, HAlC, ol which the following is an extract:-
"On the 11th January they all called to see
me and asked me what all the bother about Shaikh
Abdullah meant. i explained in general terms who
S*A. was and what he was trying to get out of the
Persians, and read out to them the letter which he had
written to the Governor General saying he was a loyal
subject, etc. They thanxed me and went off. The
Governor General tells me they all called on him that
afternoon saying that it was very urgent indeed, said
that they had heard that Khorramshahr had falien and
Ahwaz was in danger (though i had told them just the
contrary; and asking for information. His Hxceliency
of course calmed them down. Hut they went to Khorram
shahr two or three times to see for themselves, and the
O.C. troops teUs me that they sent off 3,000 group
telefc;rams at that time to Tehran, in cypher of course."
Copies of this despatch are going to His Majesty's
Representatives in Moscow and Baghdad, the Government of
India, the British Middle Kast Office in Cairo, and His
Majesty's Consular officers in Ahwaz and Khorramshahr.
1 have, etc.,
The Right Honourable Ernest Bevin M.P.,
etc. etc.
* l assume however (judging by the recent reports
about Bakhtian which have appeared in the Soviet Press;
that tile Soviet Consul's interest in Abdullah’s incursion
was prompted by the hope of being able to attribute it
to British instigation or connivance and thereby to
justify after the event Soviet action in northern Persia.

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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)

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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