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‘1/1 Volume III Koweit Saudi Relations’ [‎195r] (394/474)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (233 folios). It was created in 30 Mar 1935-4 Jul 1935. 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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16) I here myself interfered and said I thought it would
be a thousand pities if for the sake of this one
word "thaman" or "guarantee", the negotiations were
to break down, and I urged the Saudi delegates to
make things a little easier, for die Kuwait delegates
clearly could not give a "clear out premise" to
prevent any single snuggler from crossing the border,
when next day they would be proved liars#
I pointed out that supposing England and France
were trying to come to a trade agreement, advantageou
to the traders of both countries, what possible
chance would the agreement have of going through,if
France for instance insisted on a clause giving them
the power to cancel the agreement without notice,if
one English smuggler was caught within the territo
rial waters of France.
The Sauil delegates saw my point, hut said I must
not apply European standards to Kuwait and Nejd#
(7) Not to be out done and seeing that we were nearing
ih impasse, I asked if smuggling went on between Bahrain
and Qatar and Hassa - they admitted that a certain
amount did - n well ,, I said, "do you not think in fairness
that you ought to ask the Shaikhs of Bahrain and Qatar,
to give a"guarantee" that no smugglers would operate
from these countries into Nejd". The reply was that
circumstances altered oases#
(8) The Kuwait delegates once again stated that if the
King would only drop the "guarantee" or "thaman”
condition, they for their part would readily give
a written document on behalf of Ku*it "promising
on the honour of the Shaikh, the merchants and
people of Kuwait to do their best, and by erery

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Correspondence and other papers concerning relations between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and efforts to negotiate the lifting of a trade blockade, imposed upon Kuwait at the orders of the King of Saudi Arabia, ‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd (Ibn Sa‘ūd). The volume is a direct chronological continuation of ‘1/1 Volume II Koweit Saudi relations’ (IOR/R/15/5/110), and includes:

The volume’s principal correspondents are: the Kuwait 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. (Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Richard Patrick Dickson); 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 Trenchard William Craven Fowle); the British Government’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (Andrew Ryan).

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1 volume (233 folios)

The volume’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 235; 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.

Additional foliation sequences are present in parallel between ff 6-233; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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