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'22/23 I Kuwait Conference 1923' [‎33r] (65/501)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (250 folios). It was created in 5 Oct 1923-16 Jan 1924. 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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2 .
Telegram Code*
prom - Resident f Bushire*
To — Secretary of State for the colonies^ London*
No* 875.
Dated 4th October 1925*
Kuwait conference*
Regret that I have no data whatever to enable
me to estimate cost to participating states of their
delegates 1 expenses# which# I consider# i,t is essential
participating states should bear* Otherwise delays will
be endless*
As to expenses during their stay# think there
will be no difficulty in inducing sheikh of Kuwait to
concent to my occupying Jabir^ fort Ras Ajuza and Sheikh
Khazaal of Ituhacnnerah would probably welcome opportunity
and prestige of playing host to delegates or principals
at his palace on Ras Ajuza, provided His Majesty’s Minister
at Tehran could obtain# as he probably would without
difficulty# a declaration that Persian Government would
offer no objection, sheikh IChazaal is on good terms now
with both Faisal and Bin Saud and all parties would# I
think# welcome his advice and disinterested co-operation*
I certainly should myself*
Trust that Your Grace will kindly secure from
Government of India assurance that service as His Majesty's
Representative on this conference will be allowed to count
as service of first class Resident for purposes of
qualifying for superior pension*
Rough estimate of monthly expenditure which will
fall on His Majesty's Government is as follows j-
1* Pay of His Majesty's Government's Representative
including deputation, pension contribution and
dollar exchange compensation ••••••••••••••**••• B! 5600

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, and notes relating to the 1923 Kuwait Conference to arbitrate the Najd-Transjordan and Najd-Hijaz boundaries.

The discussion in the volume relates to the following:

  • a proposal to hold Conference at Kuwait to settle the Najd-Transjordania and Najd-Hijaz boundaries. Correspondence discusses costs and practical arrangements and arrival of delegations from Iraq, Transjordania and Nejd and uncertainty over arrival of delegates from Hidjaz;
  • preliminary negotiations and letter of credentials from Abdullah bin al-Hussain, Ruler of Transjordania, for Ali Khulqi Bey; letter of credentials from Faisal, Ruler of Iraq for Sabih Bey Nasrat; letter of credentials from Ibn Saud for Saiyid Hamzah; discussion of the implications of the Mohammerah Iraq-Najd Convention;
  • conference negotiations - correspondence discusses points put forward by the various delegations, including blood-money, raiding and losses, raids by the Ikhwan, and the collection of zakah;
  • summaries of the sessions of the conference and arbitration;
  • a draft agreement (ff 227-228) on raiding;
  • a list of raids (ff 247-248);
  • an index to topics discussed in the conference (folio 249).

The principal correspondents in the volume include: the Secretary of State for Colonies, London; 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. , Stuart George Knox; the High Commissioner, Baghdad; the High Commissioner, Jerusalem; 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; 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. , Bahrain.

Extent and format
1 volume (250 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 250; 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. A fold-out is present on the verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. of folio 235 and has been labelled with an ‘a’. Two additional foliation sequences are present in parallel between ff 3-248, and ff 122-237; 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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