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Coll 30/116 'Kuwait: establishment of a bank' [‎157v] (317/493)

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The record is made up of 1 file (244 folios). It was created in 12 Feb 1935-23 Apr 1944. 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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Koweit. If, on the other hand, we start by volunteering
advice on the question solely of nationality, and on the
'U' —
ground of British interests, there is the risk of our
placing ourselves in an invidious position lia-a-lia the
competitors. It seems to me that our position ought to be
that of honest broker Often a local commercial agent in the Gulf who regularly performed duties of intelligence gathering and political representation. if the Sheikh asks for our advice, ^ ^
Moreover, at present we do not know whether the
Ottoman Bank will make an offer to the Sheikh, and if they
do not, the question of competition will not arise.
I suggest that the matter should be dealt with as
in the attached draft telegram.

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This file consists of letters, telegrams, memoranda, intelligence summaries, and drafts between officials on behalf of the Government of India and the officials of the Ottoman Bank, the Eastern Bank Limited and the Imperial Bank of Iran regarding the opening of a bank in Koweit [Kuwait].

In addition, the file contains discussion of the terms and conditions of the opening of the bank, as well as details of the decision of the Shaikh of Kuwait [Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ] regarding the possible opening of the bank. Notable correspondents include the following: Permanent Under-Secretary of State for India and Burma; Government of India’s External Affairs Department; Foreign Office; British Legation, Tehran; 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; 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. , 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. ; British Consulate at Bushire; Shaikh of Kuwait; officials acting on behalf of the Bank of England, the Ottoman Bank, the Imperial Bank of Iran and the Eastern Bank Limited.

In addition to correspondence, the file covers the following: conditions required for the establishment of a branch at Kuwait (ff 149-150); the redrafting in banking phraseology of the Shaikh’s conditions by the Manager of the Eastern Bank, Basra (ff 112-113); required terms for the opening of the bank at Kuwait (ff 86-87); a banking agreement between the Shaikh of Kuwait and the Imperial Bank of Iran, dated 18 December 1941 (ff 14-17); and an alteration to the banking agreement between the Shaikh of Kuwait and the Imperial Bank of Iran, also dated 18 December 1941 (f 5).

The file includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (244 folios)

The file's contents 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 245; 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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