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File 1855/1904 Pt 10 'Koweit:- Relations with Turkey. Sheikh's properties at Fao and Fadaghia' [‎84r] (167/398)

The record is made up of 199 folios. It was created in 12 Jan 1908-18 Sep 1912. It was written in English and French. 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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[This Document is the Property of
ASIATIC TURKEY AND ARABIA.
[Juljr 11.]
[24866]
CONFIDENTIAL.
Section 3.
of the 9th August, 1909, I have the honour to forward herewith a despatch from His
Majesty’s consul at Bussorah in regard to the negotiations for transfer of the Sheikh of
Koweit’s property at Fedaghia.
It would seem very dangerous for us to interfere in the matter.
_ WITH reference to your Excellency’s despatch of the 9th August, 1909, on the
subject of the transfer of the Sheikh of Koweit’s land at Fedaghia, I have the'honour
to transmit herewith copy of a despatch which I have to-day addressed to the British
Resident at Bushire in reply to his enquiries, together with a copy of a telegram
communicated to me by His Majesty’s acting consul at Mohammerah on the same
subject.
bneiKii Mubarek s property at I edaghia, I have the honour to state that, according to
information I have received here, orders were sent by the Sublime Porte to the effect
that Sheikh Mubarek may transfer his property in the names of his four sons,
as he asked in Moharrem Bey’s time, provided he registers them as Ottoman
I understand Sheikh Mubarek has on many occasions applied to have the land
transferred in the names of his sons, but that he does not agree to take out teskerehs of
Ottoman nationality for them, and on his recent visit to Bussorah, on the 31st May last,
he proposed to the vali to transfer the land to one or several of his womenfolk. The
vali, however, I am told, said he could not do this, as it was not in accordance with the
instructions he had received, and he suggested that, if Mubarek wanted it done, he
should make a fresh application to that effect, which the vali professed himself willing
to forward to Constantinople. &
I have, &c.
GERARD LOWTHER.
Enclosure 1 in No. 1.
Consul Crow to Sir G. Lowther.
(No. 34.)
Sir,
Bussorah, June 6, 1910.
I have, &c.
F. E. CROW.
Enclosure 2 in No. 1.
(No. 20.)
Sir,
Consul Crow to Consul-General Cox.
Bussorah, June 6, 1910.
IE reply to your letter of the 22nd May last on the subject of the registration of
subjects.
I have, &c.
F. E. CROW.
[2817 1 — 3 ]

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The papers concern relations between Shaikh Mubarak [Mubārak bin Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ], Ruler of Koweit [Kuwait] and the Government of Turkey [the Ottoman Empire]; particularly in regard to the purchase by the Shaikh of date gardens at Fao [Al Fāw] on the Shatt-al-Arab, and property at Fadaghia, near Fao, both of which were in Turkish territory. In both cases, the Turkish authorities insisted that the Shaikh should first register himself as an Ottoman subject before they would allow the legal formalities of ownership to be completed.

The principal correspondents are 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. (Lieutenant-Colonel Percy Zachariah Cox); 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 (Major Stuart George Knox; from 1909 Captain William Henry Irvine Shakespear); the British Consul at Basrah (also referred to as Bussorah) [Basra] (Francis Edward Crow); the British Ambassador at Constantinople (Sir Gerald Augustus Lowther); Shaikh Mubarak; and senior officials of the 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. , the Government of India, and the Foreign Office.

The papers cover: papers concerning the Fao property, including the Shaikh's appeals for a committee of inquiry and arbitration over the matter, January 1908 - July 1909 (folios 115-199); papers concerning the Fadaghia property, February 1909 - December 1910 (folios 6-114); Foreign Office paper containing a memorandum communicated to the Turkish Ambassador concerning the Bagdad railway question and other matters, July 1911 (folios 4-5); and correspondence concerning a false report in a Turkish newspaper that an allowance had been granted by the Turkish Government to Shaikh Mubarak, May-July 1912 (folios 2-3).

The French language content of the papers is confined to three folios of newspaper extracts (folios 133-135).

The date range gives the covering dates of all the documents contained in the papers; the covering dates of the Secret Department minute papers that enclose them, as given on folio 1, are 1908-1912.

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