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'File 22/23 II Kuwait Conference 1924' [‎202r] (403/544)

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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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Iraq will noi the an* llect difficulty cv_r icsuin < such
a prod mation b nd» in addition, we h vt. the person 1 rc nowledge-
-ment by Hi® lajeety the inn of Iraq th a he will in no way
encourage out r tncr will actively diecourage the flight of
vadouin tribee over the border. Th.r< would thue api ear to be no
difference in principle» if we may place any reliance on the
protestation® of the contending partite, between ana hejd and
the wording out of details thouli not present any insurmountable
difficultioo at the present time and ther< it every reason to
hope th* t, if both sidet work honestly, m tterr will .mpreve
consider bly in the working. >or this reaton I venture to express
the hope that nothing will be allowed to etand in the way of the
Iraq delegate codng down *nd once again patiently endeavour him
to or* out the detail® witn the He u d deput tion. The will be
decidedly emb rratted by letter ho.73 da^ed the 8th of ^ebr ary
under the ti nature oi Hi® Highneefe the Multan.
C. Letter ho.74 dated the 8th of eoruory fro© Hi®
Highness tlie lultan ol hejd r'iees an interesting question. It will
bt noticed t*.at His Highness has seized the opportunity opened to
him by tnc reference to the British Mandate to retreat to some
cons, derr vie extent from his first decl aration th t he could not
consent to the junction between ^ran® Jor<ania and Ira. . i have
read his letter correctly, ns now bow® to trio decision of is
majesty* ® overniccnt that Iraq and r ir inc Jordania ust not ie
separated and leaves it tc that Government w to find a solution to
repel the danger threatening my country and my trices now and in
the future from that junction** nd he suggests that the agreement
on this subject should be signed between myself as representative
of the tritish Gcvernaenl and the Kejd envoy®. If such an agreement
accords with the policy of Us majesty’s Government and they do not
object to the agreement being c ncclled md inoperative as soon as
rt these 1 rids** ( which I ta e to refer to the $ di Cirban) pats
out of the British mandate, I set n, great difficulty in preparing
to tut such gtner 1 agreement cr<.a ing a buffer State out of the
^adi Sirhan with rights to Ht;jd and Irens Jordania in J?;uf and K> f

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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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