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'File 3/8 Affairs of Sh. Khaz`als sons.' [‎196v] (392/508)

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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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No. 3.
Consul-General Cox to the Sheikh.
(After compliments.) December, 1908.
After enquiry after your welfare and congratulations on the satisfactory
conclusion of your business with the Arab tribes, I have the honour to inform you
that I duly communicated to Government all that passed at the interview which
I and our friend Mr. McDouall had with your Excellency on the 7th January
last, and also placed before them the statement of Government expenditure
subsequently received from you through Mr. McDouall. The reply of His
Majesty’s Government reached me through His Majesty’s Legation in September
last, but, in view of the importance of the subject and the insecurity of the post,
I: thought it best to delay addressing you until my return to headquarters.
On arrival here I learnt of your own absence in Arabistan, and have since
waited for your return to Failieh.
I am directed to repeat, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the
assurances given to your Excellency in the letter of His Majesty’s Minister,
Sir Arthur Hardinge, dated the 7th December, 1902, which is in your possession, 4
and the terms of which I repeated to you at our interview above referred to, and
I am then to add that His Majesty’s Government now extend those assurances
to your successors.
I am further to point out that His Majesty’s Government have engaged to
respect the independence and integrity of Persia, and to explain that that under
taking involves the maintenance of the status quo in that country, and includes
the continuance of the state of autonomy which your Excellency at present
enjoys.
It follows from the above that any external aggression upon your Excellency
would constitute an infringement of Persian integrity which is recognised by the
terms of the Anglo-Russian Convention.
Trusting to have an opportunity of repeating the foregoing assurances in
person at an early date, I am, &c.
P. Z. COX, Major,
British Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , and His £
Britannic Majesty's Consul-General for
Pars, &c.
No. 4.
Consul-General Cox to the Sheikh.
(After the usual compliments.) Mohammerah, \§th May, 1909.
On the 1st December, 1908, I had the honour, by the direction of His
Majesty’s Government, to repeat to your Excellency the assurances given you
on behalf of Government by his Excellency Sir Arthur Hardinge, British
Minister at Tehran, in his letter of the 7th December, 1902, to your address, and
to inform you that the British Government were now prepared to extend those
assurances to your successors.
I was further directed to explain to you that the British Government had
engaged to respect the integrity and independence of Persia, and that that
undertaking in itself involved the maintenance of the status quo in Persia, and
thus included the continuance of the same state of autonomy which your Excel
lency at present enjoys.
I was then to point out that it followed from the above that any external
aggression upon your Excellency would constitute an act of infringement of that
Persian integrity which has received recognition in the Anglo-Russian
Convention.
While expressing your thanks for these amplified assurances, you repre
sented that they seemed to you only to safeguard you so long as Persia continued
to exist as a sovereign State, and you pressed for a further assurance which would
cover the contingency of Persia ceasing to exist as a sovereign State and the inter
vention or occupation by foreign Powers.
You also expressed doubt as to whether the present assurance only provided
immunity against unwarrantable encroachment on your rights by the absolute
government of His Majesty the Shah, or whether it also covered prevention of
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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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