‘1/1 Volume IV Koweit Saudi Relations’ [191r] (390/510)
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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fof Kuwait and Bahrain should have the title of w Highne8s M
conferred upon them. It is not so much that suggestion
itself which I question as the motive on which it appears to
be based. It seems to us that there would be considerable
risk in doing anything to emphasise the importance of these
Shaikhs "as independent rulers", since, although we wish to
emphasise their independence of Saudi Arabia and of Iraq, I
think you will agree that we certainly do not wish to weaken
in any way their dependence on His Majesty’s Government. On
the contrary I think we are all in agreement that we should
aim at tightening up our control over the Shaikhs; and it is
surely as part of this policy that we have so long been
insisting that all political correspondence between them and
I bn Saud must pass through us. Apart from this general i
consideration might it not be very difficult to accord a rise
in dignity to the Shaikhs of Kuwait and Bahrain without doing
likewise to the Shaikh of Q,atar, whose reputation and conduct
seems very far from meriting such a distinction ? Moreover,
the lesser Trucial fry would probably also begin to agitate
for a rise in status.
5. The only renaining individual point upon which we wish
to comment at this stage is that of a time liirit for any
eventual agreement with the Saudi Government, which Ryan raises
in paragraph 8 of the record of conversations enclosed in his
we naturally would not wish to encourage the Saudis to
denounce any agreement that we were eventually able to put
through, we feel it is impossible to expect the Saudis to tie
despatch. We think that Ryan’s suggestion may prove a useful
inducement to the Saudis to conclude an agreement, and while
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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.
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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 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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