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Coll 30/127 'Persian Gulf. Koweit. Relations between Ibn Saud and the Sheikh of Kuwait' [‎20r] (39/167)

The record is made up of 1 file (81 folios). It was created in 6 Jan 1936-8 Mar 1948. It was written in English. 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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The King several times asked Sheikh Ahmed why he
had not brought with him Sheikh Ali al Khalifa, his cousin,
who plays a prominent part in the control of Koweit, and who
is doubtless more companionable to him than Sheikh Ahmed.
On leaving one of the dinner parties he said to the Sheikh 1 s
servants, before the Sheikh "There is no good in you" "Why did
"you come without Ali al Khalifa". Sheikh Ahmed looked put out.
Before the visit the King had one day begun to give me his
opinion of Sheikh Ahmed. It was not at all flattering, and
he had called him a bad politician and said he was "difficult".
Nevertheless while here they seemed to get on remarkably well,
and on first meeting the King appeared really well pleased;
swinging round to me he said "I have got him for you at last".
In fact, whatever their private thoughts, the visit must be
accounted a successful one.

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This file contains correspondence between British officials, primarily at the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Kuwait, concerning relations between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

The correspondence in the file focuses on a visit made to Kuwait by the King of Saudi Arabia, 'Abd al'-Aziz bin 'Abd al-Rahman bin Faysal Al Sa'ud (referred to as Ibn Saud in the file), in 1935 and a reciprocal visit to Saudi Arabia made by the Ruler of Kuwait, Shaikh Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, in 1939. A detailed account of Ibn Saud's visit to Kuwait is contained between folios 35 and 42.

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 (81 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 83; 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 30/127 'Persian Gulf. Koweit. Relations between Ibn Saud and the Sheikh of Kuwait' [‎20r] (39/167), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3861, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100058254103.0x00002a> [accessed 10 December 2019]

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