'File 2/2 III Kuwait-Iraq Smuggling.' [13r] (30/538)
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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to you on 5th October under our printed letter P.Z.6183/34)
it appears that the Sheikh, as a result of the visit, is
prepared to accept either an informal or an official
discussion of the question.
3. We feel at the same time that it is important
to emphasize as regards paragraph 2 of Ogilvie-Fortes’
telegram that the Sheikh is on very strong ground legally
and internationally in this question. As the Foreign
Office have previously informed us the onus of suppressing
smuggling cannot he regarded as resting upon him, and is
essentially a matter for the Iraq Government. The incidents
of which he has complained are all incidents, so far as can
he judged, in which equally he has a genuine cause of
complaint, and so long as he has a legitimate grievance it
is of course our duty (as I think has been accepted by all
the interested Departments in the discussions that have
taken place) to defend his interests with Iraq. It would
be impossible, for instance, to justify the shooting of
Koweitis by Iraqi officials in Koweit territory merely on
the ground that the reception given by the Sheikh to the
delegates to the recent informal conference had been rather
4. On a second point we are strongly averse (as I
think the Foreign Office have been in the past) from linking
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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)
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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