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'File 22/23 II Kuwait Conference 1924' [‎12r] (23/544)

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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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1* Uw of life pui*i» efeion oi <• ai » irh'.n, I cannot claim tlMil
ny re 1 progress has been wade towards reconciling Lht yiewa of Uie
t^c partiee bat, betwe n tixt. shadowy cl imi put forward by both partis
larg^ qucfei.iom* of policy aocn o emtrg^. ran# Jordania appear* to
regard iu a* vi. 1 that Uu.y should iu yc through connection with Iraq,
which iiejd it dotcrrfiined o deny «o them, jd, on the other ha.nd,
eet.Rit determined to join hands with the rench in ' reneh ' yria,
a1 though,when i hinted to the Ireeidcnt oi the tftjd delcg tion th t
that was bin V.m* ud f * real object, he promptly dieclai ed 1 ny ruch
intention on the part of his niftier• t hav< told the Hejd delegate*
that 1 see no possibility of their being allowed to go beyond 32 °
vi latitude, ( see my celtgrams and 41 dated 27 th and 28 th
l-ectmoer resptclively) and 1 furth r told them, confidentially and
by tatmeelveb, thot the only possibility of their obtaining so much
as th; t would be an undertaking ih&t they will agree to a genuine
desert boundary between th rpselvea and Hedjas and th surrender of
hai ar, hurmah and -ur&bah. lift it the principal o jeet oi th
mission oi ullah ih iidh to i in fa’ud, I have laid conoid-r ;ble ctrea
in conversation with them on ray personal opinion th<t for »is Highness
\hfc fulten of hejd to occupy the $ cU firhsn will be a fat&l mi. take
in policy, th~t he will bt, i\ r from his base and real uenires of power,
that his possessions in the Wadi Sirhan are certain to be liable to
constant raiding and that it will be necessary for him to send costly
urrlng expeditions to guard those possessions. 1 have further
contended that his Ikhwan tribesmen and indeed his whole system of
administration in th'*t quarter will be watched by jealous eyes and
subject to the constant scru iny of civilised administration and he
will be bringing an uncivilised administration close up against a
civilised administration anc that history tells us that such h course
oi action is always fat 1 to the less civilissd administration/. 1
cannot, oi course, hope uhat these ar, intents of th mselvee will at ?*11
av i 1 with is Highness the * ultan tut they ra;?y perhaps bt. useful as
a prelimin r o more serioue remonstrances. the last telegram which
X iiTS received from Bag G.l&-f, dated 15 th of J . ,y 1 M 4 find
received tnib corning, convinces me that 1 huve truly ei* ted the

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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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