File 4537/1927 Pt 1 'Iraq: Question of exemption from taxation of Shaikhs of Kuwait & Mohammerah' [105r] (209/1215)
The record is made up of 1 item (607 folios). It was created in 22 Sep 1927-5 Feb 1931. 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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GULHEK, ^ j
August 12th, 1930*
I have the honour to inform you that Sheikh Khasal
Khan in a recent conversation with the Oriental Secretary
to this Legation, mentioned that he had heard from his
agent in Basrah that the T lraq. Government had decided to
collect in future the usual taxes from his date groves
in the Basrah district. This, the Sheikh said, was con
trary to the written undertaking given to him By Sir P.Cox
during the war, in virtue of which his date groves were
exempted from all taxes as a reward for the services which
the Sheikh had rendered.
2. I have noticed in the News Diaries from Baghdad
that this question has in the past occuped the attention
of the T Iraq. Cabinet and that certain proposals in con
nexion therewith had Been discussed But 1 am unaware
that any definite decision has Been taken. In any case
the Sheikh evidently expects the terms of the document
given to him to Be implemented whatever the future status
of 1 1raq may Be and looks to His Majesty’s Government uo
see that the promises made to him By the then hign com
missioner will continue to Be carried oat.
3. I ’beg that I may he informed in due course what
The Right Honourable
Arthur Henderson, M.P.,
The Foreign Office.
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Correspondence, minutes, memoranda, and other papers concerning the question of a tax exemption on date gardens in Iraq belonging to the Shaikh of Kuwait and the Shaikh of Mohammerah. The papers cover: a review of Britain's historic commitments in the region; increasing opposition to the exemption from the Iraqi Government and press; discussion of the legal aspect of the question; the question in relation to the drafting of a new treaty with Iraq; records of interdepartmental meetings held, usually at the Colonial Office, to discuss the matter.
Principal correspondents include: the Foreign Office; the High Commissioner in Iraq; 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. ; the Colonial Office; the Treasury; Shaikh Ahmed al-Jabir as-Subah [Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ], Ruler of Kuwait; the British Legation, Tehran; the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Kuwait; and officials of the Government of Iraq.
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