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'File 3/8 Affairs of Sh. Khaz`als sons.' [‎86r] (171/508)

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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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I hare th* honour to ref or to the corresponded#
ending vitn Poraim Of fiee telegram Mo*Ss67 dated 5tn April
1946 to His Majesty’s Ambnam&dor* S&gfrd&d, and to say t&at
eh lie in Kasai t X received a visit £ roa 5ha ifch AMdalia
Khasal and enclose a copy of a letter itoich he sent m*
Bering his visit Bhaikh Abdulla spoke i ereian at his own
request, and it is clear that this really is bis a®thsr«*
tongue, and that he is more Persian than Arab* He was
expensively dressed in seisi-Arab attire, and did not
appear to as a type who was likely to receive &ucfa
sympathy in this somewhat austere town* i could not give
hia ae much tia© as 1 should have wished as ay stay in
Kuwait was very brief*
2* He began ay explaining his case at soac length very
much on the lines expressed in hie letter* He said that
while we had helped our enemies we had done 11
friends*
little for our
. the B&kbtiar^i, itiose attitude towards u» had
been doubtful, were wealthy and in high positions, and the
; manual, mo had been definitely hostile, had settled their
affairs and were in full possession of their properties*
had prevented uhaikh Khaxal's family froa helping
th—iilrns and had done nothing for them ourselves*
were the promises which had been made to Shaikh Khaxal t
hy had w© done nothing to honour thesn t why wer© hicy
begging their bread ? Over 20 years had passed and we
were no nearer a solution and their condition was getting
worse every day*
3. i thought it better to be frank, and X told hi*
that his letter appeared to show that he was mentally
unbalanced* X said he was in no sort of position to conbat
propaganda or actively support religious refers, or rescue
his country, and that we had certainly never given hi* the
slightest eneouragement to undertake anything of this sort*
Tae action he had taken could only affect his family very
seriously and mmt havs set back any hope of a settlepent*
He expressed the view that he had done nothing beyontf return
to his nativs country. X asked hi* what would happen to any
unwelcome exile who returned to Kuwait with a posse of
gunmen and set himself up in his former habitation* ouid
not &alkh Ahmad immediately aove against hi* ? ** k is t
intentions were peaceable why had he taken tKeee tufangchis
with hi* ? He told m that he had been in touch with the
Persian Consul in Basra, but had been unufels to extract any
definite answer trots him whether he could or could not visit

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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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