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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎127v] (254/434)

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The record is made up of 1 file (214 folios). It was created in 31 Aug 1933-20 Mar 1939. It was written in English and French. 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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endorsement from the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart-
ment, No. F. 12-N.|36, dated the 17th March 1936 [Serial No. (16)]
Arabia Series of 1936, Serial Nos. (13) to (36).
The papers ^ specified below were transmitted to the Secretary, Political
Department 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. , London, for the information of His * Majesty’s
Secretary of State for India, under cover of the Foreign Secretary’s letter
No. 126-M., dated the 9th July 1936
Arabia Series of 1936, Serial Nos. (13) to (36)—(With 3 S. Cs.).
The papers below were transmitted to His Majesty's Minister, Kabul, for
information, under cover of the Foreign Secretary’s letter No. 27-K dated the
4th July 1936
Arabia Series of 1936, Serial Nos. (13) to (36).
(Received on 4th July 1936, with Political Secretary's, letter No. 25, dated 17th
June 1936.)
Enclosure to Foreign Office covering letter, dated 12th June 1936.
Letter from H. M.’s Minister, Addis Ababa, to the Foreign Office, No. 81
With reference to my despatch No. 206 of the 20th December, 1935, I have
the honour to transmit to you herewith copy of a despatch* No. C 373 of the
18th February, which I have received from the Resident at Aden, and with
which is enclosed a translation, from the Arabic of the Yemeni newspaper the
Iman, of the Yomen-Ethiopia Treaty of the 22nd March, 1935, ratifications of
which were exchanged on the 21st September, 1935. I forward the translation
as received, with the exception of the Ethiopian names, the spelling of which I
have taken the liberty to change to accord with custom.
2. The Ethiopian Minister for Foreign Affairs promised me the Amharic
text of the treaty in January last, but, owing to pressure of wmrk r His Excellency
has so far failed to produce it. I will, however, remind him of his promise at
an early date.
3. The question of whether a grant of extra-territorial Jurisdiction is or is
not implied under the most-favoured-nation clause in article 3 may one day arise
but is not of immediate importance under present conditions.
4. I am sending- a copy of this despatch to His Majesty’s Minister at Jedda.
Treaty of Friendship and Commerce between the Ethiopian and Yemeni
Governments. Y
His Majesty the King of Kings of Ethiopia Haile Sellasi l the Great and
His Majesty the King, the absolute monarch of the Yemen, Imam Yahya-bin-
Muhammad Hamid-un-Din ;
*Not printed.

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The file contains the Foreign Office confidential prints of the Arabia Series for the years 1933 to 1938. It includes correspondence, memoranda, and extracts from newspapers. The correspondence is principally between the British Legation in Jedda and the Foreign Office. Other correspondents include British diplomatic, political, and military offices, foreign diplomats, heads of state, tribal leaders, corporations, and individuals in the Middle East region.

Each annual series is composed of several numbered serials that are often connected to a particular subject. The file covers many subjects related to the affairs of Saudi Arabia.

Included in the file are the following:

  • a memorandum on Arab Unity produced by the Foreign Office dated 12 June 1933 (author unknown), folios 11-13;
  • a memorandum on petroleum in Arabia produced by the Petroleum Department dated 5 August 1933 (author unknown), folios 23-26;
  • a record of interviews with Ibn Sa‘ūd, King of Saudi Arabia, conducted by Reader Bullard and George William Rendel between 20 and 22 March 1937;
  • a memorandum on Yemen by Captain B W Seager, the Frontier Officer, dated 20 July 1937;
  • several records of proceedings of ships on patrol in the Red Sea, including that of HMS Penzance , Hastings , Colombo , Bideford , and Londonderry .

Folios 213-15 are internal office notes.

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1 file (214 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 217; 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. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-215; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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