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‘1/1 Volume IV Koweit Saudi Relations’ [‎143r] (294/510)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (247 folios). It was created in 29 May 1935-21 Apr 1936. 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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If His Majesty the King, as you informed us definitely and verbally to-day
vis the case, does not agree to anything but that we give the “ guarantee ’ asked
Lj- then all that is left for us is to make it known that we cannot commit ourselves
10 any such “ guarantee.”
Although we recognise that His Majesty the King and his Excellency the
Sheikh Ahmad-al-Jabir are as brothers, and that there is no difference between
our tw0 countries and the two peoples, nevertheless we regret the failure of
negotiations. We do not entirely despair, however, and still hope for agreement.
We look to this conference as a first step to the understanding desired. May God
destine agreement.
Please acknowledge our letter.
(Usual ending.)
yn^-Translation of a Letter dated the 27th Rabi Auwal, 1354 (June 28, 1935),
from the Saudi Delegation to the Koweiti Delegation.
(After compliments.)
WE have to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated the 27th Rabi Auwal,
1354 (June 28, 1935), copy of which is embodied herein below :—
[Letter VI.]
We seize this opportunity to thank you for the welcome and courtesy with
which we have always been met during our discussions, and wish with you, from
the bottom of our hearts, that the two countries be given the chance to come to an
1 agreement in the near future.
(Usual ending.)
r, _, _ Enclosure 3.
E 5157/206/25]
Mr. Calvert to Saudi Minister for Foreign Affairs.
(After compliments.) 77 , ^
Your Royal Highness, Jedda ’ A ^ s { 12, 193 °' ^
I HAVE the honour to refer to the communications which have passed
between the Saudi Ministry for Foreign Affairs and this Legation regarding the
Koweit Conference, ending with the telephone message from Asad ^ ey ''I
of the 7th July last, informing me that the Saudi delegates had returned to
Riyadh upon the breakdown of the conference.
2. Your Royal Highness is, of course, aware that this ques ion wn
the subject of further conversations in London between the depai m e
Majesty’s Government concerned and his Excellency Fuad Bey ’ A •
result, undertook to refer the matter again to the Saudi 0 V p^ i Hip-hness’s
consideration. I am now instructed to enquire whethei your . ^ ,V •
Government are in a position to place me in possession o -yen to it
question, in the light of the renewed consideration they have °
consequent upon the London conversations. . „ PovqI TTio-hness
3" I feel impelled once more to draw the attention Ymlm attech to
to the importance which my Government and the Goveinn ^ ri overnmen t
the settlement of this question, and I would strong y uige • Fxcellency the
to agree to the proposals put forward by the
^heikh of Koweit at the recent conference, hoi e11 P, a ' [ " re( j \ n London,
Highness, as his Excellency Fuad Bey Hamza was ^ t ^ e honourable
ttty Government would do all they could to ensure the ig a p t h a t
undertaking offered by his Excellency the Sheikh, which m the
^n reasonably be demanded. With h hest respect s, &c.

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Correspondence and papers concerning relations between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and British officials’ efforts to negotiate the lifting of a trade blockade, imposed upon Kuwait at the orders of the of King of Saudi Arabia, ‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd (Ibn Sa‘ūd). The volume is a direct chronological continuation of ‘1/1 Volume III Koweit Saudi Relations’ (IOR/R/15/5/111), and includes:

  • Further diplomatic exchanges amongst British, Saudi and Kuwaiti officials, relating to the incursion into Kuwaiti territory by an armed Saudi party in May 1935.
  • Saudi assertions that smuggling from Kuwait into Saudi Arabia has increased in the wake of the Kuwait-Saudi conference held in July 1935.
  • The death of the Amir of Hasa [al-Aḥsā’] Abdulla al Jiluwi [‘Abdullāh bin Jilūwī Āl Sa‘ūd] in October 1935;
  • Discussions regarding a proposal, put forward by Ibn Saud, for the recognition of Arafa [’arafa] law between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
  • In early 1936, Saudi Government proposals for a lifting of the blockade, and reports of the Ruler of Kuwait’s agreement in principle to the proposals.

The volume’s principal correspondents are: the 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. (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 Government’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (Andrew Ryan); the British Chargé d’Affaires at Jedda (Albert Spencer Calvert); representatives of the Government of Saudi Arabia (Fuad Bey Hamza, Yusuf Yasin, Feysal [Fayṣal bin ‘Abd al-‘Azīz Āl Sa‘ūd]); the Ruler of Kuwait (Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ).

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1 volume (247 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 249; 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 4-246; 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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