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Coll 7/42 'Persian Gulf: arms smuggling from Koweit [Kuwait] into Iraq' [‎5v] (10/237)

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The record is made up of 1 file (117 folios). It was created in 7 Dec 1936-23 Mar 1939. It was written in English. 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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Correspondence regarding allegations made by the Iraqi authorities that arms and ammunition are being smuggled into Iraq from Koweit [Kuwait]. The principal correspondents are: HM Ambassador at Baghdad (Archibald Clark Kerr, later Maurice Peterson); 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. (Trenchard Craven Fowle); 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 (Captain Gerald de Gaury); the Secretary of State for India; and the Government of India External Affairs Department.

The correspondence discusses the following: visits made by the Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs (Naji al Asil, and later Taufiz Suwaidi) to Kuwait in 1936 and 1939, to discuss the alleged smuggling and possible measures to be adopted by Kuwait; reports of alleged smuggling incidents; reports made by 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, that Saudi Arabs are smuggling arms through Kuwaiti territory; reports on the general increase of arms being smuggled from the Red Sea coast; a suggestion by the Iraqi Foreign Minister that Iraq and Kuwait could form a customs union, or adopt combined preventive operations, in order to curtail the smuggling; requests made by 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. that the Iraqi Government present evidence to substantiate their claims; and reports on the smuggling of firearms to Palestine through Akaba [Al 'Aqabah].

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the end of the correspondence (folio 2).

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1 file (117 folios)
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The papers are arranged in rough chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 118; 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.

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Coll 7/42 'Persian Gulf: arms smuggling from Koweit [Kuwait] into Iraq' [‎5v] (10/237), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2212, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100040051040.0x00000b> [accessed 14 November 2019]

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