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'File 22/23 II Kuwait Conference 1924' [‎204r] (407/544)

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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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CODE TELEGRAM
Erom : Knox, Kuwait
To : Colonies, London repeated Baghdad and Jerusalem.
Noo : 78
Dated: 22.2.24.
In view of Baghdad telegram No.77 of 21st February
and difficulty of Trans Jordanian envoy reaching in time, I have
telegraphed message to Bahrain holding back Nejd envoys for
another fortnight. I regret I could not await your final
instructions but time was too short to admit of delay.
Secondly. I have received yesterday Bin Sa’ud’s
replies to my letters of which translations were forwarded with
my despatch No.38 dated 26th January. Replies are polite and
conciliatory and show no signs of breaking off negotiations. In
reply to the Iraq letter his attitude is summed up in last two
lines where he says that King Faisal is too exalted to grant a
refuge to seditious persons and that Iraq Government should not
recognise tribal customs opposed to justice and civilisation.
He offers help to restrain and punish tribes.
Letter in regard to parallel 32° is more interesting
but requires careful translation to appreciate exact meaning.He
offers to negotiate direct with Britain as mandatory power for
protection of his commerce and abandons claims to North on the
understanding that treaty will become inoperative when and if
territory passes out of mandate. He has full confidence in great
Britain than whom he has no other trust but none in Iraq and
Trans-Jordan!a, the latter of whom he cannot permit to dominate
his commerce and vital relations with Egypt and Syria. If
necessary I will again telegraph gist of last letter after full
consultation with ^ore as to exact bus significance. -Knox.

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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)
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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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