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'File 2/2 IV Kuwait-Iraq Smuggling' [‎7r] (18/542)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (267 folios). It was created in 23 May 1935-13 Jun 1936. 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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deceived undjn* B'^hdad "Printed Letter
ITo. 1 ll/4^/35 dated the 28th Hay 19 35.
No J394
Ti 1174^/35)
British 7t!nhaf33y ?
P8th Kay, 1935. | r !
On receiving ''''Oiir telegran Ho. lA* 7 of May Plat
and India oefi ce telegram No. 1581 of the same date, I
caused the Acting Minister for foreign Affairs to he
informed' that definite instructions had nov; been received
from His Majesty’s Government in the TJnited Kingdom
concerning the vered question of smuggling from Kuwait.
I also intimated that, as 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. was in Baghdad and was due to visit Kuwait
in the near future, I should welcome a further discus
sion wi^b the advisers and heads o + ' the Iraqi Government
departments concerned with a view, to profit by Golonel
How 1 e ’ s pr e s e n ce .
p. I was the more anrious to clear A he air o" possible
misund(-;rstanding because, Irani troops and nolice being
at thaf- time c6ncen+rated in the lower Euphrates
district, the temptation for the Iraqi Government to
tales strong unilateral action might otherwise have been
irresistible. I wished to avoid this pending some in
dication of the Shailch’s reaction to the proposals of
His Majesty’s Government if + he^ were made.
3. Yasin Pasha in comoany with the Minister 0 ^ fi
nance, th Director-General o^ Customs and the British
/ adviser
ight H orioura >>ip
ir John Gimon, G.C.S.I., K.C.f.O.,
etc., etc., etc.,

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The volume contains correspondence related to Kuwait-Iraq smuggling. British officials stood as mediators between the Iraqi Government and the Shaikh of Kuwait to try and solve the smuggling issue. They discussed possible ways to persuade the Shaikh of Kuwait to agree to a friendly arrangement for cooperation for checking smuggling on the lines which had been contemplated. British Government officials also suggested various methods to control smuggling such as a system of manifests, trade control posts, as well as the appointment of a British Director of Customs at Kuwait.

The volume includes minutes of a meeting held in London discussing the question of Kuwait-Iraq smuggling with the Shaikh of Kuwait, a list of regulations of the Customs Code in Iraq issued by the King of Iraq and published in the official gazette, correspondence related to a number of cases of violation of Kuwaiti territorial waters by Iraq Customs launches, as well as the arrest and detention of Kuwaiti nationals.

The Shaikh 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. who in turn shared the Shaikh’s concerns with other British officials. On the other hand, complaints were also raised by the Iraqi Ministry for Foreign Affairs regarding the Kuwaiti Government’s lack of control of its border lines.

Lists of violation incidents are also included in the volume. Each list includes the following information: date and place of occurrence by whom, a summary of the incident, date of report to 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. and the Iraqi Government’s reply. The volume also includes summary lists of Iraqi newspaper articles which discuss Iraq-Kuwait related issues including smuggling, and the annexation of Kuwait by Iraq.

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1 volume (267 folios)

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

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 269; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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