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‘1/1 Volume II Koweit Saudi relations’ [‎67r] (142/534)

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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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j'IDMTIaL OBLIGATIONS OP HIS MAJESTY'S GQVERNI.MT
=27. TOWARDS THE SHEIKH OP KOWSlT.
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A. Nature oi the undert ak ings p-iven .
By the Agreement of 25rd. January 1699 His Majesty’s
Government formally assured the Sheikh ‘'of the good offices
of the British Government towards you, your heirs and
successors, so long as you, your heirs and successors
scrupulously and faithfully observe the conditions of the
said Bond", under which the Sheikh had pledged himself, his
heirs and successors, not to receive the agent or
representative of any power or government at Koweit without
the previous sanction of the British Government and not to
cede, sell, lease, or mortgage, or give for occupation or for
any other purpose, any ^portion of his territory to the
government or subjects of any other power without the
previous consent of His Jhajesty* s Government.
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By Article IX of the Secret Agreement oi 15th
October 1907 for the lease of the Bunder Shweikh foreshore,
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. intimated that he was "duly authorised
on behalf of the precious Imperial English Government to
promise and do hereby promise that the town of Koweit and
its boundaries likewise belong to Sheikh Mo barak~us-Suba,
Ruler of Koweit, and to his heirs after him, and that ail
Sheikh Mobarak’s arrangements in the matter of customs etc.
and all his arrangements at the present day shall remain in
the hands of Sheikh Mobarak-us-Suba, Ruler of Koweit, and of
his heirs after him, and..." In consideraticn of this
promise the Sheikh undertook not to levy customs aues in
excess of 4% on goods imported or exported by "the subjects
of the aforesaid English Government" save with the approval
of that 'Go ve rnment.
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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.

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1 volume (261 folios)
Arrangement

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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