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‘1/1 Volume II Koweit Saudi relations’ [‎60r] (128/534)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (261 folios). It was created in 5 Jul 1933-13 Mar 1935. 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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the Sheikh in the
sense that we noted that his private
correspondence with Ihn
importance and tell him
Baud had assumed
that that ccrres
an increasing
pondence must now
cease a
Mo HENDEL concurrede A straightforward control
of this nature would he easier to maintain and would
prevent a repetition of such incidents as the letter in
which Ihn Baud had recently tried to detach the Sheikh of
Kuweit from his connexion with His Majesty 5 s Government,
SIR A. RYAN also concurred* and drew attention to
the success with which Ihn Sand was spreading the idea
that he might naturally ahsorh Koweit and was hound to do
sc sooner or later 0 He pointed out that such an idea
could never have prevailed to the extent to which it had,
if His Majesty’s Government had equally definitely made
known their own special position with regard to Koweit c
The meeting then discussed what point in the corres
pondence between the Sheikh and Ihn Baud could most suit
ably he taken up in connexion with the reprimand which it
was proposed to address to both parties 0
MR* LAI.TIM,AITS suggested that if it were discovered
that the Sheikh had committed himself to Ihn Baud in
regard to the grant of an oil concession in the Koweit
Neutral Zone, this might he an excellent opportunity for
checking him. The question then arose what action could
he taken if the United States Government, in dealing with
whom His Majesty 5 s Government had consistently emphasized
the Sheikh’s independence, were to produce communications
from him regarding the grant of a concession in the Neutral
Zone 0 It was, however, agreed that His Majesty's Govern*
rnent could demonstrate from the Sheikh’s treaty engagements
that he had not been entitled to make any such grant with-

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Correspondence and other papers concerning relations between Britain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The volume is a direct chronological continuation of ‘1/1 Volume I Koweit Saudi relations’ (IOR/R/15/5/109), and covers the following subjects:

  • The movements of Khalid bin Hithlain of the Al-’Ajman tribe.
  • The trading blockade, imposed on Kuwait by the King of Saudi Arabia, ‘Abdul ‘Aziz bin ‘Abdur Rahman al-Faisal [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd (Ibn Sa‘ūd)].
  • The views of British Government officials on Britain’s obligations to Kuwait, in light of the blockade.
  • Negotiations between British and Saudi officials (including the Saudi Arabian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Faud Hamza [Fu’ād Ḥamzah]) concerning Saudi Arabia’s borders with its neighbours, the Kuwait blockade, and Yemen.

The volume’s principal correspondents include: 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. at Kuwait (Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Richard Patrick Dickson); 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 Trenchard William Craven Fowle); the British Minister at Jedda [Jeddah] (Andew Ryan); the British Chargé d’Affaires at Jedda (Albert Spencer Calvert).

The volume contains several papers in Arabic, which are usually accompanied by English translations.

Extent and format
1 volume (261 folios)

The volume’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 261; 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.

The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers; nor does it include the two leading and ending flyleaves.

Additional foliation sequences are present in parallel between ff 4-261; 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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