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'File 22/23 II Kuwait Conference 1924' [‎75r] (149/544)

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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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very vaguest but some notion of their nature can be gleaned
from the paragraph 2 already cited above.
Again at the 6 th Conference Dr. Abdullah on page 1
of the minutes sets them forward more fully and it will be seen
that, on page 2 of those minutes, I summed up, the result of
the discussion in the following words " Then shall we call it
settled and agreed that an Arbitration Commitee decide claims
for the return of plunder and also fix the date from hhich sooh
auch claims may allowed ?**. *hin rera rk of mine was as e ted
i© by all present, then the minutes of the Cth Session were
read on Friday the 21st 'Hcembcr 1P23 at the 7tii feci ion of the
Conference { appendix 9 wo thia despatch} the ^ 4 .jd dalag lion
object d to the assent thus recorded an t althou h ,t is not
rtcurdad on the ? 3 ainutfcft of the proceedings, this denial of
theirs called forth the mot t itmphmxic protest from f&bih i 3 e ,
who said that it was iapoasiblits to trui l such persona who said
ont? atin f> , ont day and contradicted iv the next. Wit other
s'icBbers of the < onicrvnc , n^yaelf and iecretrry for instance,
felt considerable sympathy with the Iraq envoy's protest cut
I «fc*n ged gradually c pacify him and it was theft that the
sugg ttion was put forward by me that t)ir rercy ox’s tvirfence
should be allowed to s- ttl€ th^ faatt^r ol the date from sfaich
the account of th# plunder should be VUten. The ir» envoy
replied th i, although the ordert of the hritish Oovcrrasciit in
such a tier would undouc tedly be os eyed as f - I recollect his
saying « 4 i mey chcosc to dethrone ing sisal, no ont can
say UMptft ^ay’' positively declined willin 1 io suoecri e
vO the principle that a promise by :ir ^‘ercy ^ox could bind the
i ran Government of whioli h© was in no sense a meftber • I am
afraid that i allowed myself to animadvert ra h*r severely on
sudh un attitude by an Iraq official in regard to an eiainent
n^'liUaftM who had rendered such v&luabio eervices io th-iit
country and contrasted tik< attitude of th«? < cjd dcleg tei who
war*. r«rady to permit the ♦ vid nec oi Hr Percy Coa to sc tile tr e
qp.esii©a, wnife Iraq still bold out. the utmost tha- l could

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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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