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Coll 30/21(2) 'Persian Gulf: Koweit - Blockade by Ibn Saud' [‎79r] (168/1010)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (501 folios). It was created in 14 May 1935-27 Sep 1937. 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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707/37-
Cypher telegram from Secretary of State to
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. , repeated
to H*M. Ambassador, Bagdad, H.M. Minister, Jedda,
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. , Koweit, dated 6th February,1937*
(No. of words 125, 125? 125? 125).
X X X
nap,
Addressed Bushire repeated Bagdad, Jedda and Koweit.
Copy by air mail to Government of India. Your telegram
28th January 107 and your telegram 29th January 109* His
Majesty’s Government reluctantly agree that Sheikh should
not be pressed further at the moment* though they fear that
his attitude will be adding unnecessarily to difficulties
of H.M.Ambassador Bagdad in pursuing what were intended
to be concurrent discussions over date gardens, question.
2. H.M.G. do not wish to adopt quite so negative an
attitude to Irarqi and Saudi Governments as you appear to
suggest but consider it will be sufficient if each
Government is informed as occasion arises that (i) Sheikh
is quite willing to make anti-smuggling agreement with
Iraq, (ii) before discussing it he desires to finish off
Saudi discussions and get a scheme working that side,
(iii) His Majesty’s Government agree that it will be simplest
and most expeditious to take one step at a time ana will
continue to use their good offices on these lines*
3* Do you agree that: H.M. Representatives at Bagdad
and Jedda can safely use this language.

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This volume contains correspondence related to a trade blockade that was imposed on Kuwait by the Ruler of Saudi Arabia, Ibn Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] and more generally concerning relations between Britain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

The correspondence in the volume consists of internal correspondence between British officials (including at the Foreign Office, 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. , the British Legation in Jeddah and the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Kuwait) as well as correspondence between British officials and the Ruler of Kuwait, Shaikh Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and officials from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The file also contains English language translations of letters that were passed between the Kuwaiti and Saudi Arabian delegations at negotiations mediated by Britain in June 1935.

In addition to correspondence, the file contains the following:

  • Treaty of Friendship and "Bon Voisinage", Protocol of Arbitration and Extradition Treaty between Iraq & Hejaz and Nejd and Dependencies (folios 49-52)
  • 'Draft Regulations For Trading Between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia' (folios 161-165)
  • Account of Discussions at Riyadh by Andrew Ryan, 1935 (folios 232-237)
  • Political Department Secret Memorandum entitled '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. ' (folios 292-293)
  • 'Notes on Kuwait-Saudi Blockade Discussions' (folios 358-363)
  • 'Note on the discussions between the Saudi delegates and the Kuwait Representatives, as They Took Place Each Day', June 1935 (folios 371-377)
  • 'Note on the Discussions between Saudi Delegates and Kuwait Representatives' (folios 380-390)
  • 'Record of Fourth Meeting with Fuad Bey Hamza at the Foreign Office on July 5, 1935' (folios 399-401)

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

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1 volume (501 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 497; 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 leading and ending flyleaves. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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