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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎165v] (330/434)

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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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ehall have the right, under the present article, to claim for his nationals from
the other party more favourable treatment than that accorded by him to
the nationals of such other party.
Article 2.
(a) Tribesmen in their customary areas crossing the frontier between
Iraq and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in accordance with their habitual
practice shall be exempt from the provisions of the residence and passport
laws of the two States.
(b) Notwithstanding the above exemption, there is nothing to prevent
the competent authorities belonging to the two high contracting parties
from adopting such administrative measures as may be agreed upon, in case
of necessity.
Article 3.
The present agreement shall be ratified and instruments of its ratification
exchanged as early as possible. It shall come into force immediately following
the exchange of the instruments of ratification, and shall remain in force for
a period of three years from the date of its coming into force. Failing notice
by either high contracting party to the other, given twelve months before
the expiry of the said period, of his intention to terminate it, the present
agreement shall continue in force until the lapse of one year from the date
on which either high contracting party may give notice of its termination.
In witness whereof the respective plenipotentiaries have signed the pre
sent agreement.
Done at Riyadh, this 2nd day of the month of Ramadhan, of the year
1355, a.h., corresponding to the 16th day of the month of November of the
year 1936, a.d.
(Received on 6th March 1937 with Political Secretary's letter No. 7, dated 18th
February 1937.) ,
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated 11th February 1937.
Letter from Minister, Jedda, to Foreign Office, No. 327, dated 11th
January 1937.
Jedda, December 21,1936.
The operations of the Saudi Arabian Mining Syndicate (Limited) in this
country have, it is believed, progressed steadily since the last reports on the
subject were rendered by Mr. Calvert in his despatches No. 225 and No. 267 of
the 28th July and the 12th September respectively. Little has been heard j -v
of the developments in the operations at Wejh, and as regards the progress
at the Maod-ad-Dhahab, information has not so far indicated that any suc
cessful outcome to their operations is yet in sight. It is understood, however,
that a water supply, inadequate for all the purposes of the mine, but never
theless in a useful quantity, has been discovered, but it would appear that the
syndicate are still sanguine of the ultimate success of their operations from
their activity in completing their “ terminal ” headquarters at Jedda, which
are expected to be ready for occupation by the end of Feburary next, and in *
pushing forward the work on the projected jetty, to which a reference was
made in paragraph 371 of Jedda report for November last.
2. Mr. Twitchell has, during the past few weeks, been otherwise engaged
than in directing the present operations of the syndicate, for, according to a
reliable report, he has recently visited Riyadh, accompanied by one of his
principal geologists, Mr. Larken, and by Mr. C. L. W. Bindloss, the engineer
in charge of the syndicate’s transport organisation. At Riyadh Mr. Twitchell,
who is expected to return to Jedda shortly, is stated to have been negotiating

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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.

Extent and format
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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