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Coll 30/21(3) 'Persian Gulf: Kuwait-Saudi Relations: Blockade by Ibn Saud. Smuggling: Bon Voisinage and Extradition Agreements' [‎71r] (146/1033)

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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Sir,
With reference to my telegram No. 158 of the 1st
November, regarding the proposed Saudi-Koweit Agreements
respecting Trade, Friendly Relations and Bon Voisinage,
and Extradition, I transmit to you herewith a copy of
an express letter from 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. , No. C/294 of the 3rd August, together with
its enclosures, and also re—drafts of the three Agreements,.
Marginal comments have "been added to explain the chief
points still in dispute "between the Sheikh of Koweit and
the Saudi Arabian Government. Notes are also enclosed
on various other amendments which have been Made.
2 . I see no objection to the omission of the v/ords
"in their own name" from the preambles to the Agreements 0
I cannot, however, accept the Saudi Arabian proposal that
the Agreements should be drawn up in Arabic only. It is
essential that there should be an English text of any
agreement which is signed on behalf of His Majesty’s
Government and which will subsequently be published as
a White Paper. There is no analogy between these
agreements and the Bon Vois i nage Agreement of 1933 with
Transjordan, to which His Majesty’s Government were not
a party.
Sir Reader Bullard, K.C.M.G., G.I.E.,
etc., etc., etc.,
/3o
Jedda.

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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Coll 30/21(3) 'Persian Gulf: Kuwait-Saudi Relations: Blockade by Ibn Saud. Smuggling: Bon Voisinage and Extradition Agreements' [‎71r] (146/1033), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3734, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100054161839.0x000094> [accessed 8 December 2019]

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