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'File 22/23 II Kuwait Conference 1924' [‎100r] (199/544)

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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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3^; that line ol latitude run straigh acroeb the map from
mman on the r ilway uo Azrnq and oelow Jabal- naizah. Je,
between bal Amud and Jabal-Anaizah there ie a dietance roughly
oi bt milee in a straight line, the parallel de< r> e 32 rune 5
inileB couth oi Jabal-Anaizah and 2b miles north ol Jabal Amud.
^ince. the Kejd clUm wac telegraphed, I have received -I may
add lor Your high ess’s private iniormation-complaintB from all
quarters as to the impossibility of allowing the Bejd boundary
to run to ohe north of parallel 32 and lour high nee6 is no dou t
aware that the boundary of trans Jordania, being the boundary of
the mandated territory ol Palestine is, quite apart from the
interests ol -.rans Jordania, a direct concern of his Majesty’s
Government to whom that territory was entrusted by the League of
Nations. The only reasons that the Nejd envoys h ve hitherto
been able to give me for putting forward extravagant claims to
the north has oeen a desire on Your highness’s part to safe
guard the passage ol the ^ejd trading caravans through to
•' mascus. there are plenty of other ways of safe guarding the
passage of such rading c?ravens and I suggest that Y 0 ur Highness
seek other means of safe guarding those interests than e tending
Your Highness’s territory so far from its bases or than demanding
that it be made into a no man’s territory, where no one would
be responsible for any disasters that may occiAr. I feel myself
fully at liberty to assure jour Hi hness that such n extension
ol territory or such an establishment of no man’s territory will
not commend itsell as n solution to his .^lajesty’s Government
and venture to hope that Your Highness will be p.tient wiih me
if I repeat that, Swlely from the point of view of lour Hi hness ’e
own interests, the establishment of a lon : strip of territory
like the ^adi Lirhan, watched on all tides by jealous neighbours
and for distant from the main basis of lour ajesty’e real power
and influence, can onl fc , , in the long run, bo a source of
consider<ole expense and erbarrasenent without conf rring any
corres ending advantage.
osu 1 ending

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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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