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‘1/1 Volume III Koweit Saudi Relations’ [‎225r] (454/474)

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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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1354, oS«SondiL°to a tS i^Ir 37 ^ Rabi ’ Auw * 1
Abul Walld, Ha^df 3 3 f h J 935 » from Messrs. Khal Id
Sa.udi de^gatfon.^SlX’^r^l^
Muhaamfi A1 Thunuivan «ni SLt?? ’ Allmai1 “l-Humaidhi,
tlorKuwalt. 7 ’ ^ iQlalla a2 - Zaid > th e Kuwait delega-
After complin®nts t
We hare to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated
the 27th Rahi* Auwal 1354 ( 28.6.35), copy of which is embodi-
ed herein below:-
"Kuwait, mb Rabi* Auwal 1354.
’ Messra.Klialid Abul rtalid, Hamad as-SuIaiman,
and Abdulla al-^usalbi,
"After compliments,
With reference to the info mat ion you imparted
to us in today’s meeting, Ifcat His Majesty the King
would not agree to the resumption of trade between
Kuwait and the Se’udi Arabia, sawe on. the "guarantee"
basis on the part of the Kuwait Government.
As you know, we have written a letter to you,
dated the 16th Rabi* Auwal 1354 (17.6.35), in which we
stated the views we considered good for both countries.
On the other hand, in the meeting of the 21st inst
(22.6.35) you demanded a "guarantee", and we stated in
our letter of the 24th inst (25.6.35) that that "guaran
tee" was impossible to give, as it could not practically
or theoretically be enforced.
In a second letter, also dated the 24th inst
(25.6.35) , we aksed you to submit both your proposition
of "guarantee" and our reply to it, to His Majesty the
If His Majesty the King, as you inibrraed us
definitely and verbally today was the case, does not
agree to anything but that we give the "guarantee n askBd
for, then all that is left for us is to make it known
that we cannot commit ourselves to any such "guarantee".
Although we recognize that His Majesty the King
and His Excellency Shaikh Ahmad al-Jabir are as brothers,
and that there is no difference between our two countriei
atifL the two peoples, neverthless we regret the failure
of negotiations. We do not despair, however, and still
hope for agreement. We look to this conference as a firsl
step to the understanding desired. May God destine agree
Please acknowledge our letter.
Usual ending."
We seize this opportunity to thank you for the welcome
and courtesy with which we have always been met during our
discussions, and wish with you, from the bottom of our hearts,

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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.

Physical characteristics

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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