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'File 22/23 II Kuwait Conference 1924' [‎8r] (15/544)

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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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would bt involved in when Ikhwan iorcet, raieed in Ira , w re
raiding in xn ns Jordan! while the wive£, faniliefi tnd cattle
of those eame I ere were enjoying proteciion of Iraq, it ie
quite Cv;r.ain that Nejd will never agree that the tribeenten,
joining up to the ranks of tne ikhwan,should take with them their
wives, f lilies and animals but I do not despair of persuading the
hejd envoys th t the practical difficulties in the way of Iraq
enforcing the expulsion of wives, families and animals will be so
great that they need not seriously consider this an obstacle to the
conclusion of an agreement such as is laid down ^n point 5 which
will be silent on the subject of f milies, no animals.
la. ihere is no difficulty whatever about 6 on p'p r and
Baghdad telegram ho .4 dated ord of January 1924 suggests th t point
7 should be dropped. 1 f it is dropped / i do not think that the
i^ejd envoys will attempt to raise it ag in^ although wc will have
a great deal of difliculty over the question of refugee tri s.
li. Boint 8 has been accepted subject to a slight verbal
alteration where for !t to discard read H not to show'* and instead
of "before” read "when" and add the words ” or while in foreign
lb. Boint 9 has been accepted with the exception of the
place where these Inspectors of >oundarie6 are to be pos ed. It
is desired by Nejd and agreed to as reason ble cy Iraq that these
Inspectors of Boundaries should be posted at some place within
tne neutral territories common to both Iraq and tfcjd. The only
dilficuliy is to select a suitable spot. The details of the
arrangement h^ve to be worked out but do not seem to present much
difficulty. n attempt will be made, especially by
stipulate that tribes chould not be allowed to cross the frontier
except under a system of passes and the old problem will arise in
< 4 .
no her form as to wr t is to be done with such tribes evade
the vigilance of the Inspectors of boundaries and cross the
frontier without su^hority from their own Inspector. Will Iraq
here again adopt the principle of Baghdad Tele rNo.10— dated
9 th Januvry 1924 ? If Iraq will agree to treat them as offender

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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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