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Coll 30/21(3) 'Persian Gulf: Kuwait-Saudi Relations: Blockade by Ibn Saud. Smuggling: Bon Voisinage and Extradition Agreements' [‎28r] (60/1033)

The record is made up of 1 file (512 folios). It was created in 4 Oct 1937-3 Apr 1940. 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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ARABIC -7 ®3 *40 •
alleges that Brr^a^lrn- 43 as._hetrayed. the Arabs. His Highne
•added that he had telegraphe^tri^ congratulations to-the
High Commissioner and to the Colonial--&ecretary.
" < ^ notable and happy event occurred this week in tb^
'• relations of Kuwait with its great neighbour Saudi-Arabia.
Some 20 years ago, certain difficulties caused the cessation
of the trade that used to' flow freely from Kuwait into the
interior of Arabia. Prolonged efforts to solve these
difficulties have at last, through the v/isdom of His Majesty
King ABDUL AZIZ AL SaOUD, King of Saudi Arabia and His
Highness Sheikh Sir AHMED IBN JaBIR AL SUBAH, Sheikh of
( Kuwait, been crowned with success. Agreements dealing with
trade, friendship and neighbourly relations, and extradition
between the two states, were initialled last Tuesday, and
will come into force before the end of the present month.
The successful outcome of the find! stage of the negotiations,
which took place at Kuwait, was due in considerable measure
-go the helpful attitude of His Excellency Sheikh HaFIZ 7AHBA,
the Minister for Saudi-Arabia in London, and representative
of that OOlmt.-p-V i n +y-|P>oo -rw^rrr>+ -i Q 4 -
British Government and the Government of the Yemen, which
we announced in our broadcast of the 23rd February, that
negotiations shall now begin for the settlement of the
southern frontier of the, Yemen, it is learnt that Mr. R.S.
Champion, who will represent the British Government, arrived
at Aden on the 4th of this month.
late Sayid Rustum Haidar, late Iraqi Minister of Finance,
wa\ yesterday adjourned until Mar'ch 10th.
has described a visit which he recently paid to the head
quarters of the Transjordan Frontier Force. This force,
he states, is ready for an instant call to -arms. Reservists
have already bee'n called up and the 'closest 'cooperation is
being maintained with the French in Syria. In the event of
war the force would probably have the position of advance
guard of the British forces encamped in the Near East, and
its motto is "First into action and last out". It is an
Imperial unit under British officers. About half of them
are Moslem Arabs, and more than a quarter Christian Arabs.
Gf the remainder, most of them are Circassians, but there
are also Egyptians, Sudanese, Druses and Jews, v/ith a small
number of Europeans. It is an ideal reconnaissance unit.
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In connection with the arrangements between the.
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The trial of the persons accused of the murder.of
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Reuter s special correspondent in the Near East,

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This file contains correspondence between British officials concerning a number of proposed agreements between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait that were intended to formalise relations between the two countries and to end a trade blockade that had been imposed on Kuwait by Saudi Arabia. Much of the correspondence concerns the exact wording of these agreements and numerous amendments that were made to them.

The majority of the correspondence in the file is 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), but it also contains a limited amount of correspondence with Saudi Arabia's Minister in London, Shaikh Hafiz Wahba, and the Ruler of Kuwait, Shaikh Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, on whose behalf the British acted during the negotiations with Saudi Arabia that led to the agreements.

In addition to correspondence, the file contains several drafts of the proposed agreements between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, including a trade agreement, an agreement of 'Friendship and Bon Voisinage' and an agreement for the extradition of offenders. On folios 316-346, the file contains bilingual (English and Arabic) drafts of these agreements.

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

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1 file (512 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 514; 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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Coll 30/21(3) 'Persian Gulf: Kuwait-Saudi Relations: Blockade by Ibn Saud. Smuggling: Bon Voisinage and Extradition Agreements' [‎28r] (60/1033), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3734, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100054161839.0x00003e> [accessed 8 December 2019]

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