File 6499/1920 Pt 1 'KOWEIT AFFAIRS: KOWEIT-NEJD BOUNDARY DISPUTE; LOCAL UNPOPULARITY OF SHEIKH' [16r] (25/294)
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B h r a i n
9 th ^ o vembe r 19 2 0
My dear Sir Percy Cojc,
I write you a short line to tell you that I have sent off
your message to Bin Baud inviting him to come as soon as possible
to Basrah* I asked him to give me a week T s notice as to the day
when we may e^ect him in Ojair to enable me to have the warship
ready to take him on his i ourney. With my official invitation
I enclose^ a private letter or ’’Mulhaq” in which I gave him the
straight tip not in any way to try and back out* I hinted that
now was the time to show his statesmanship, and that after his
settling the Kuwait dispute, we could get on with the question
of his increased subsidy and his future title* I as good as told
him that you yourself would preside at the settlement proeedings*
I shall I hope be able to give him something definite in this
respect as soon as I get an answer to my wire to you in which
I asked if I could promise that you personally would preside*
Your assurance in this respect I can send on in the shape of an
I am afraid a great deal is made in Koweit of the Akhwan
and their ferocious methods* Por your information I might
mention that we have had several thousands of them in Bahrain
this year, both for the pearl season and for purchasing rice*
Qalat also is full of them, they come ano go in regular manner
to Dohah. One has not had a single complaint against them yet*
I myself have settled several cases for them in my court, and
have found them good straight fellows. They take pride in the
fact that they are under British Protection here. Both Siddik
Hassan and Parhan tell me that an Englishman would be entirely
safe among them alone anywhere throughout Hejd* Bin Baud has
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The papers concern the Kuwait-Nejd boundary dispute.
Correspondence discusses the arbitration of the British Government in the matter of the border of Kuwaiti territory under the Shaikh of Kuwait [Shaikh Sālim bin Mubārak Āl Ṣabāḥ] with that of the Ruler of Nejd [Najd], Bin Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd, popularly known as Ibn Sa‘ūd]. In this connection correspondence discusses the supersession of the Anglo-Turkish Convention 1913 by the British Government's 1915 agreement with Bin Saud in which he pledged to resolve disputes by peaceful means and submit to arbitration by the British Government. In addition the correspondence discusses potential hostilities between the Ruler of Ha'il led by the Rashidi dynasty of the Shammar tribe and the Ruler of Nejd, Bin Saud. Also discussed is the Battle of Jahra and the involvement of British military forces by air and sea.
Correspondents include: the Civil Commissioner Baghdad; the High Commissioner, Mesopotamia; 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; 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. , Bahrain; the Deputy 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. , Bushire; the Under-Secretary of State for India; the Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Department, Simla; the Air Ministry; Abdul Aziz bin Hasan Qusaibi, Agent of Bin Saud in Bahrain; Bin Saud; the Shaikh of Kuwait; Abdullah al Mut'ab Al-Rashid, Shaikh of Jabal Shammar.
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