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'File 22/23 II Kuwait Conference 1924' [‎7r] (13/544)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (270 folios). It was created in 16 Jan 1924-23 Mar 1924. 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.


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exctpu in regard to the residence of an fraq gent in Riyadh which
the l^ejd delegaiefc taid they could not possibly concent to, un* il
ihcy hare received the tpeciiic ssent oi His Highness the -ultan
of Hejd. fhli ll on^ oi t)iS epecial points which ulla HtJ idh has
one to iyadh to negotiate. I anticipate that h<_ should return
with an answer * ^iorc ohe end of January, loth parties seem to agre
hat # as a matter oi practice, co municaLions oy the rulers with
the tribes would probably be better conducted through the Inspectors
of Bou daries ana there seems little coubt that that will be the
lorm the agreement will eventually take, ^n that case the residence
of an -traq Agent in Riyadh, whether assented to or not, ?*ill not
much affect the relations between the two states. I g th r from
the Iraq envoy that they consider it certain jthat the Sultan ol
iujd will not agree to the presence of an official Iraq igent in
his dominions and that the matter was not pressed seriousl .
raised. i’etr nic&lly, oi course this point too would involve the
residence of Iraq agent in Riyadh cut it is unlikely that the
authorities in Iraq ^fill desire to make iny direct communicai ions
to me oi i ici Is or I it oi Kej d• As - tw ^ter of pr’- ctical
politico , iiis igimess the k ultan ol Nsjci will no doubt have his own
me thods of dealing with any of his officials or Shaikhs who may
intrigue with Iraq, the position Jure is that Iraq ifill o t in
whrL it desires and tfejd is largely indiffertnt.
point 5 but for the fact that the Iraq envoy insisted th t,if Nejd
tribesmen, sojourning in Iraq, decided to ret ond *0 a call to •-rms,
thty should clear out of their territory with their w ves and
families und.mott import nt ol ll / Lh-ir rnimals. Mejd was quick
x.o respond that such a stipulation was contr ry to th- principles
obt ining amongst civilised nations and th t, if a loyal erman,
residing in ngland, were to o ey ^o a c il for conscription, the
Aritish Government would not insist on the immtdiate repatriation
oi hit wife and i mily. Iraq laid stress on the difficulties they
II. with regard to point 4 no difficulty whatever was
12 . There would have been no diffie Ity wh; tcvvr about

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, and notes relating to the 1923-24 Kuwait Conference to arbitrate the Najd-Transjordan and Najd-Hijaz boundaries. The main topics discussed include the following:

  • the Kuwait Conference: adjournment, 1924;
  • further negotiations.

The discussion in the volume relates to the minutes of the sessions (3rd to 12th) and the exhortations of the President of the conference, Stuart George Knox, to the delegates not to take hardened negotiating positions. Topics discussed in the correspondence also include: Ibn Sa'ud's health, flags and badges and raising of armed forces. An index to the volume is given in folio 269.

The principal correspondents in the volume include: the Secretary of State for Colonies, London; 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 Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , Stuart George Knox; the High Commissioner, Baghdad; the High Commissioner, Jerusalem; 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; 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. , Bahrain.

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1 volume (270 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to 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 272; 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. Two additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 3-269, and ff 163-261; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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