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'File 2/2 III Kuwait-Iraq Smuggling.' [‎8r] (20/538)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (265 folios). It was created in 18 Sep 1934-8 Jun 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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xor no smuggling on the present organized scale in return for some
monetary compensation. lie is certain that it is within the
Shaikh's power to stop the smuggling. Here Colonel Loch's
suggestion for the appointment of a British Indian Customs
Controller, who would of course be in close liaison with the
Iraqi Customs, seems an excellent idea. The British Director
of the Iraqi Customs informs me that as Iraq loses at least
£50,000 a year from Kuwaiti smuggling, Iraqi Government can
afford to pay the Shaikh handsome compensation for stopping
it.
rhe idea of including settlement of Date Gardens case
in an Iraq-Kuwaiti settlement on smuggling seems worthy of
encouragement, as the more His Majesty's Government is out
ol that picture the better. While Secretary General seemed
favourable, I doubt whether the Iraqi Government would play
up without involving His Majesty's Government, but the Date
Gardens problem might well be settled about the same time as
the smuggling and benefit by the existing atmosphere of good
will.
OGILVIE-KIRHKS.

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Content

The volume contains correspondence related to Kuwait-Iraq smuggling. The correspondence discusses the following:

  • Operation of Iraq Customs launch in Kuwait territorial waters.
  • The shooting of two Kuwait tribesmen in Kuwait territory by Iraq Preventive Police.
  • Proposing a conference to be held between Iraq and Kuwait.
  • The suggestion to establish joint Iraqi-Kuwait preventive service to operate on land and sea.
  • The suggestion to appoint a British Customs Director at Kuwait.

The British Embassy, Baghdad communicated with the Iraqi Ministry for Foreign Affairs regarding the Shaikh of Kuwait’s complaints against Iraqi customs. The correspondence also has references to complaints and incidents which are discussed in the previous volume in this series– IOR/R/15/5/129 'File 2/2 II Kuwait-Iraq Smuggling'.

The volume also includes reports on the number of cases of smuggling within 1934 and 1935, the smuggled goods including sugar, coffee, tea, tobacco and the values of these items. It also includes records of meetings held at the Foreign Office, London, to discuss the question of smuggling, and it includes notes on Syed Hamid Beg al-Naqib, Deputy for Basra in the Iraqi Parliament, and his visit to Kuwait in April 1935.

Among the correspondents in the volume are the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , Kuwait, 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. , Bushire, the Shaikh of Kuwait, the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India, New Delhi, the Secretary of State for India, London, and the Foreign Office, London.

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1 volume (265 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the volume.

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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 267; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 149-262; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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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