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‘1/1 Volume II Koweit Saudi relations’ [‎135r] (278/534)

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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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drop, (bi to approach the Sheikh again on the line;.
'** nre no* going to approach Ibn Onut once moro.
*3e you wish to raise your war claims again? If not,
" »Uft coaaider thea drooped*. Mr. Laithwaite
»m8»*tad th-Rt it was ve y dfatrr.blr*, in view not only
of the positive promioos which »# had given to the 1
khflfcfc to assist him over tills question* but of th#
importance of keeping aim in good tamper mm of defending t
Kewoit^ tnUrmtz against iba I&ud, not to lot the |
matter drop until wt had taken all pos#lbl# steps to
persuade the dhtlkh to adopt the course which we
regarded m the right one in Mb own internets. He
suggested in these circissstaiices that the iecoad of the
two courses might provisionally be adopted mid referred
to the Political .-iesld^nt for coi^ontsw Colonel Fowl#
miitht have an opportunity of discussing the matter
personally with the Cheikh before he cm® on leave
nert sieath*
certainly bo taken up once more with ibn omsi as had
originally hern intended* It mm after all a British
interest that the blockade should b^ brought to an end
av on if we had to protect the heifch tftm the cori requeue as
of hi . o»n folly.
It was agreed that the indie Office should prepare
a draft telegram to Sufthlrt on the foregoing, lines.
considered that the matter must
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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)

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

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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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