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'File 3/8 Affairs of Sh. Khaz`als sons.' [‎87r] (173/508)

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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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hi<i native country and that ha had repeatedly seen everyone
in the Baghdad tahaeay and that he had merely taken these
m&n T*itu him became he waa uncertain *uat reception he
might receive* 1 told dm that if he were ever to return
to l oral a again 9 he could be quite certain wtiat reception
he would receive, as he would almost certainly be hanged*
4* He then asked m what he should do* He had so Id
all his property in Iraq, and could not return there as
they would imprison him, nor could he live for ever in
Kuwait* He had m funds and was too proud to beg* He
could not forget that he «as the son of J&hifch ^hasal*
Be asked me to tell him as a father what he should oo.
I replied that it was easier to tell him wh&t not io do and
that was never to return to Persia as he would certainly be
executed* As for what he t&ould do now I would require
time for thought*
b* Shaikh Khasal’s family is, of course, now no
concern of this Besidenoy, except in so far as our omission
to honour our bond affects our good name among tne Arab
Jt^tes in ti.o vuif* Only the other day Mr. Jameson of
the Anglo* Irani an Oil Oo^pany informed me that Major Holmes
trigap card in blocking a purely Bri Ugh oil concession in
Kuwait had been the fate of ihaikh Ahaaal* -r* Harold
Bicholson when Jharge d* Affaires at T our an » drew attention
nearly twenty years ago to the fact tnat nothing had be n
done to carry out our promise, and little progress appears
to have been made since then# ■ By impression is that sooner
or later His Majesty * a Govern en t will have to subsidise
Jhaikh Abdullah bin svh&sal, and probably other raabers of
his family as well, but the first point to be settled
appears to be trie terns upon which he can be allowed to
return to Iraq*
6* X am sending copies of this despatch to tne
G vern e t of india and Bis Majesty's Ambassadors in
Tehran and Bagdad and 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. ,KuwaLt*
Z have the honour to be,
*1 i r,
Your most obedient servant.
GEOFFREY PRiOR
Political Hesi dm t, Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran.

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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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