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'File 2/2 VI Kuwait-Iraq Smuggling' [‎122r] (254/386)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (182 folios). It was created in 7 Feb 1937-1 Oct 1938. 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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cut it off. fetter - at least to genuine Arabs - is not
a thing one cuts off from fellow Arabs - if one does one
is liable to be notoriously ii/iraortalizeci, like Saad and Shimr,
and it is contrary to the precepts of the Koran. However
the Iraqis may now be sufficiently nationalized to be able
to overlook this.
5 # The Sheikh, I have seen to it, is alive to the
danger.
Cement tanks are being made by the richer merchants
at a great rate to hold this winter’s rain. The existing
wells are sufficient for the poorer classes and the Bedouins,
and they are being improved.
The water boats from Iraq, from seven a day in
January now average only two a nay.
Europeans- there is a total of 2b in „„oweit
territory using Basra water, - will be most harmed by the
cutting of water and they can, case of real need, I vail
see to It, obtain water from the B.l.Steamers, until some
other arrangement , can be made. But on this subject of
water X will address you se .rately and later.
6< x n any case smuggling is much reduced now, and
this belated suggestion of "operations" on the frontier
appears to indicate that there are political, rather than
purely economic and administrative, motives at work. Venous
recent Arabic newspaper articles, all hostile to British
control over 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. , and several with the refrain
of "increased smuggling” from rowelt, seem to substantiate
such a suspicion.
Yours sincerely,
Sd.G-*S.de Gaury.

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The volume contains correspondence related to Kuwait-Iraq smuggling and Iraqi incursions into Kuwaiti waters. The Shaikh of Kuwait raised his complaints to 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, about Iraqi customs attacking Kuwaiti nationals, firewood collectors and fishermen and their jolly boats. With his letters the Shaikh enclosed statements by some of those who were attacked, as well as tables of the goods seized by the Iraqi police including cigarettes, fish, and camels.

Other issues raised in the correspondence are the following:

  • Investigation of the Iraq-Kuwait frontier incidents.
  • Cases that were dealt with and the possible compensation.
  • The export taxes on Iraqi cigarettes.
  • The Iraqi Government agreeing on building two police posts at Kuwait border, one at Zubair and one at Nadjmi.

The volume includes records of a meeting held in London to consider measures for dealing with smuggling between Iraq and Kuwait. It also includes records of the regulations of the King of Iraq regarding the issue of smuggling which were published in the Official Gazette of Iraq .

The main correspondents in the file are the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , Kuwait, the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , Bushire, the British Embassy, Baghdad, the Iraq Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Hakim of Kuwait, and the Mutassarif of Basrah Liwa, Basra.

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1 volume (182 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the volume.

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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 182; 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 six leading and ending flyleaves.

An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-182; these numbers are also written in pencil and are circled, but are crossed through.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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