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Thus, the attempt at establishing a friendly relationship between the two rulers that might have diffused the tension between the two governments came to naught. King Ghazi's panArab propaganda in Kuwait coincided with the conflict between Shaykh Ahmad and the leaders of the merchant community which demanded the establishment of an elected legislative assembly to share power with him. THE MERCHANT MOVEMENT The ineffectiveness and final disappearance of the first Council encouraged Shaykh Ahmad to indulge in his autocratic rule paying no 36 ORIGINS OF THE GULF WAR attention to the welfare of his people.

The involvement of a foreign power in the affairs of another state is considered an intervention in domestic affairs and prohibited under International Law unless the victim is a dependent state or a colonial protectorate (as denned in British constitutional law). In the case of Kuwait, Britain considered its commitments under the Mubarak-Meade exchange of letters (1898) and the status que agreement (1901) would justify intervention. 13 Under Shaykh Ahmad's regime, the trend in the Anglo-Kuwaiti relationship was not to enhance Kuwait's international status but to protect the regime by granting Britain jurisdiction over Kuwait's domestic affairs.

Iraq, unable to conceal her strong feelings, is anxious that the sister people of Kuwait should join in the general awakening movement which has taken place in the majority of Arab countries .. The new movement in Kuwait gives pleasure and gratification to every Arab, because it will yield results most beneficial to the inhabitants of Kuwait themselves. Perhaps they realize the happy future awaiting them if the present movement is directed towards cooperation with Iraq, with whom certain Arab countries are desirous of union.

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