Visit by Sir Ian Gilmour, Lord Privy Seal, to the Middle East, February 1981

FCO 8/3825 1981 Jan 01 - 1981 Dec 31

This file relates to an official visit to the Middle East (Kuwait, Jordan, and Syria) by Lord Privy Seal Sir Ian Gilmour in February 1981, with emphasis on the visit to Kuwait. It contains correspondence and press extracts concerning:

  • An outline programme and objectives for his visit to Kuwait
  • Administrative arrangements
  • Guidelines for the presentation of all ministerial briefs
  • Briefs for a meeting between Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington [Peter Alexander Rupert Carington] and Mr Vance, including reference to Greece's re-accession to the European Economic Community (EEC)
  • The rescheduling of the visit to ensure Gilmour can meet the Ruler of Kuwait
  • The Ministry of Defence's suggestion that he be accompanied by a member of defence sales
  • A press conference given by Gilmour at the airport on departure, including questions on the Palestine Liberation Organization
  • Accounts of the visit by the Lord Privy Seal and J C Moberly
  • Conversations between the Lord Privy Seal and the Ruler of Kuwait Sheikh Jabir Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Sa'ad Al Abdulla Al Sabah, and the Minister of Defence Sheikh Salem Al Sabah Al Sabah
  • A conversation between the Lord Privy Seal and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah

The file contains briefing notes for the visit to Kuwait, on:

  • The political background and UK-Kuwait relations
  • The Kuwait economy and UK-Kuwait trade
  • Defence sales, the Kuwait Liaison Team, and the Red Arrows
  • Aid, including Zimbabwe, with reference to the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development
  • Air services
  • Energy
  • A consular case concerning the death of Jack Robert Smith and the arrest of Helena Littlechild and Colin Victor Littlechild, and the question of whether it was murder or suicide
  • The British Council
  • Embassy accommodation
  • The EEC's relations with the Gulf and the Yemen Arab Republic
  • Reciprocal enforcement of civil judgements

The file also includes personality notes on the following persons in Kuwait:

  • Consultant Faisal Mansour Al Mazidi
  • Ambassador to the US Khalid Mohammad Ja'afar
  • The Minister of Defence
  • The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Information Sheikh Jabir Al Ali Al Sabah
  • The Crown Prince and Prime Minister
  • The Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Abdul Aziz Mulla Hussein
  • The Ruler