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'File 2/2 III Kuwait-Iraq Smuggling.' [‎184r] (372/538)

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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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particularly as it had already 'bmn agreed in principle
that their ultimate policy should be to try to tighten up
their hold <m Howeit and their control over the Sheikh.
a * -^f^Mthwaite agreed that the position was one of
difficulty and that the Sheikh had not been very co-operative•
un the other hand# in considering the application of sanctions
to him# it could not be overlooked that Mis Majesty's
Government were themselves at the moment in an unsatisfactory
position# since it was always open to the Sheikh to reply to
suggestions that he was not co-operating actively with them
that His Majesty's Oovernrsent had entirely failed to implement
their undertakings as regards the Kcwcit date gardens in Iraq*
It was common ground between the Foreign Office and the India
Office that it was essential to dispose of the question of the
date gardens as soon as possible but cases such as the present
were another illustration of the embarrassing affect of this
dispute on our relations with Koweit.
9. 3o far as the question immediately before the meeting
was concerned, he thought that the argument© advanced by
Colonel Fowl® against an official conference at Bagdad without
the prior consent of the Sheikh ware decisive and It looked as
though Sir Francis Humphry*# after discussion with the Resident
took the same view. On this assumption# the quest Ions for
decision were:
(a) whether His Majesty's Government should adopt the
course of action suggested in Bushire despatch of 8th January#
(b} what line was to be taken as regards the suggested
visit of the iheikh to King OhasdU
10. .',n regards ’ he of theae questions It w o# of
course# quite possible that in the long run there might be

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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