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‘1/1 Volume II Koweit Saudi relations’ [‎196r] (400/534)

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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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possessing any Vvalid title can form no basis lor discussion
and that while His Majesty’s Government are prepared to make
some friendly concession this can only be within reasonable
7. In any preliminary conversations with Ibn Saud
you may not wish to proceed beyond this stage. But I fully
realise difficulties with which you may be faced and I do not
desire to tie your hands unduly. Matter is mainly one of
tactics as to which you are necessarily the best judge and
you are therefore authorised if you consider that no settle
ment is likely to be attainable otherwise to proceed either
with King at Hiyadh or subsequently with Fuad Hamza as and
when you consider it necessary or desirable to ? enter
further stages suggested in paragraphs 8 and 9 below.
8. Second stage. Offer Ibn Saud in full sovereignty
a relatively small area or stip immediately Hast of Blue Line
as far as a line running from head of DOHAT-SS-S^L>i/A to a
point slightly south east of SAKAK (but leaving that place
to Saudi ^Arabia) thence (leaving to qatar and Abu Dhaoi a
strip of territory extending inland for no less than 25 miles
to West of head of KHOR-iSL-ODSID) to North Western extremity
of A^AL thence due southwards via (but to west of) B.-.NIYAN
to parallel 20 degrees North whence it would gradually rejoin
Violet Line.
9. If this offer proves insufficient} His kajesty's
Government would be prepared to consider >adding— t-o it as a
third stage a settlement on the lines suggested in nendel's
letter of November 7th to Mr.baithwaite (copy in my despatch
No.436) involving creation of Desert Zone under a special
regime for a period of ten or twenty years subject to re
consideration at the request of either party at the end oi
that time. (See also Conclusion One of Kiddle nast uud-
Committee meeting of November 8th). Ibn Saud would maintain
in /

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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.

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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