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Ext 4226/43 ‘Compensation to Arabic Shaikhdoms for Losses by Enemy Action (Sinking of S.S. Dhafu); Sinking of dhows belonging to KOWEIT, QATAR, MUSCAT (Grounding of "Star of Mex")’ [‎65r] (129/140)

The record is made up of 1 file (68 folios). It was created in 16 May 1943-21 Apr 1948. 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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I have now taken over Syers*s work at the Treasury
and am accordingly replying to your letter of the 28th July
about compensation in respect of the loss by enemy action
dhows belonging to Koweit and Qatar.
V/e agree that (a) and (b) of paragraph 4 of the
Political Resident’s letter seems correct. As regards (c),
we agree that it would be undesirable to hold out hopes of
reparation which may not be capable of fulfilment. I
myself do not know whether any definite policy on the
question of reparations has been worked out (but Eyres, to
whom I am sending a copy of this letter, may have more
precise information) but in any case I should doubt whether
it would be possible at this stage to say how that policy
would apply to damage in Koweit and Qatar.
Prom the penultimate paragraph of your letter I
take it your view is that any compensation on charitable or
political grounds would be a matter for the Government of
India, and not a charge on the Imperial Exchequer.
You have incidentally, in your letter to me of the
same date (Ext. 2£8l/42), raised the question whether Bahrein
and Koweit may be regarded as covered by the statement of
our post-war intentions in respect of war damage in the
Colonies as set out in my letter to Creasy of the ?th July.
Our first reactions are that it would probably be difficult
to include places like Bahrein and Koweit in the Colonial
Empire for this purpose, but we are looking into the question
and I hope to send you a definite reply in due course.
Yours sincerely,
c.h.h. Uju£
R.T. Peel, Esq., C.B.E., M.C.,
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. .

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The file contains policy papers discussing whether the British Government should pay out compensation for dhows lost by 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. States as a result of enemy action. The file also discusses whether compensation should be paid to coolies killed as a result of the sinking of the Norwegian vessel SS Dahpu in Muscat harbour by a Japanese submarine on 28 June 1943; the British Government had given the Sultan of Muscat assurances that his state would be protected from external aggression.

A single post-war incident has been included in the file: the looting of the Alexandria Steam Navigation Company ship Star of Mex in February 1947. The ship was stranded near Ra‘s al Khabba: see folios 21-22 for a detailed report on the incident by Andrew Charles Stuart, 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. and Consul at Muscat. The majority of the papers are concerned with establishing whether the Muscat Government is liable for paying out compensation.

The file does not contain any papers for the years 1945-1946.

The main correspondents are 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 William Rupert Hay) and officials of the 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. – Commonwealth Relations Office from August 1947. The file also contains input from the Foreign Office, the Government of India, and the Treasury.

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (68 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 70; 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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