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'File 2/2 VI Kuwait-Iraq Smuggling' [‎138r] (288/386)

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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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Telegram S
From Hetaxandum
To Political koweit*
Dated Drd January 1928,
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Addressed Bushire repeated to Koweit
copy sent by Air mail to Government of India. Your telegram
No.1156 December 14 and Bagdad Savingram No.140 of ?.
Koweit smuggling.
2. I agree. You should accordingly now give friendly
warning to Sheikh of measures which Iraq Government would
be able take in order put effective check to smuggling t
through Koweit and should aadeavour impress upon him to
extremely inconvenient consequences to which he would expose
if he maintained his present attitude on that question. It
should be suggested to him that it would be in his own
interest to choose lesser of two evils and agree to meet
Iraq wishes over suppression smuggling in order if possible
some comprehensive settlement might be arrived between him
and Iraq which would at least provide for continual legitimate
trade unprotected making it easier for His majesty’s Government
to bring about an earlier settlement of date gardens question.
3 # //ith reference to r ara 2. ■‘•our telegrara please see
Foreign Office telegram to Baghdad one of todays date which is
being repeated to you.

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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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