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Coll 30/21(2) 'Persian Gulf: Koweit - Blockade by Ibn Saud' [‎142r] (294/1010)

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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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2 4 )91/91/25,
i July
Hr. Calvert
Yoar telegram Ho.86 (of June 29th: Saudi-
Jedda. No
Koweit Bloolcacje)
You should as soon as possible communicate
draft regulations to Saudi Government and
ascertain their reactions.
$or your own information only it is
suggested that if Saudi reactions are favourable
agreement may be registereo in an ^nglo-saudi
exchange of notes wherein on the one hand tue
Saudi Government agreo to discontinue the
blockade as from the date of entry into force of
the regulations while on the other His Majesty’s
Government will convey a pledge by the sheikh to
use all his endeavours to prevent smuggling.
His Majesty’s Government will also ^ive assurance
that they will back these endeavours by their own.
Provision for a time limit would also be
included. (See sir hyan’s despatch No.352
of December 10th 1935).
Please telegraph your observations on this

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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)

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

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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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