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'File 22/23 II Kuwait Conference 1924' [‎207r] (413/544)

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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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Ho .74
8th K bru ry 192'*.
Irora :
HIb highjaeBB ai ul .yiz,i}in Sr * ud,
Sul l an of Nejd,
■ i t u : -clone 1 Z . U . no- , C .L . 1.,C . 1.
Pretideny oi the Kuwait onfcrence.
Dear Friend,
1 h? Vc received .your letter Do.52 of the 24 th
January cone* i Ul tnc northern tcundaries. I th very
much for the opinions snd colic!tude eepecially your pertonal
solicitude but with regard to wh? t the envoys of D’ejd have put
forward at to the prolongation of the boundariet beyond line
p; r llel 52 to the boundary oi tyria these proposals w re
founded on tne eupposit-on th**t the Government of Irans-Jordan
was an independent CJcvernirttn> . If your honour had sho n these
opinions to the envoys on the consideration that these boundar-
-iet chiefly concerned the ritish Government herself,you would
have seen th t the envoys would here changed their opinions and
proposals from those expressed by uhem, lor we have full trust
in the British Government and in no other and we are convinced
that she will guard her ngagemente with scrupulous c re.
with Iraq for 1 have no security against the tricis which the
authorities of those Government* raise and you h va seen their
obstinacy in the matter of the return of criminals from which
it c n be seen th? t there is th ir deliberate trickery and I
think there is no civilised Government that will approve th t
it should be i refuge lor murder re ana thieves.
impels us to the junction of our boun< ary with Gyria and we ^re
un tie to wa^ch tne Government of ran ^ordan domin ting our
trade and our vital interests but,if the objection really comes
from the British Government, then I leave to that Government
I cannot agree to the Junction ol iranr Jord n
Cur envoys h ve made pi in to you the necessity which

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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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