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Coll 6/91(2) 'Saudi Arabia: Policy of H.M.G. Assistance to King Ibn Saud (British Military Mission to Saudi Arabia)' [‎44r] (87/129)

The record is made up of 1 file (63 folios). It was created in Feb 1946-14 Mar 1947. It was written in English. 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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[CYPHER]
£rr.
• SECRET
DEPARTMENTAL NO. 1
FROM JEDD/i TO FOREIGN OFFICE
Mr Grafftey-Smith
D.
2.30 p.m. 2nd August
1946
No. 306 »
2nd August 1946 v
R.
5.00 p.m. 2nd August
1946
Repeated to B,M.E.0.
(CAIRO)
^ Your telegram No, 320.
As reported in telegram No. 324 f November 16th 1945,
the Moslem portion of the military mission was not specified
in the Saudi Arabian Government’s request at that time,
nor was any reference made thereto in the conversations
reported in my despatch No. 30 of February 20th.
2. In the circumstances and in view of the Saudi
Arabian Government’s declared intention that the mission
should be stationed at Taif, v/here the Anglo-American
training teams functioned. 1 agree that we may proceed on
the basis of a British rather than a predominantly British
Moslem mission. I would recommend, however, the inclusion
of a small Arabic-speaking Indian.Sumji Moslem element if
practicable, partly as an advertisement but mainly for
greater convenience of liaison, e.g. ability to visit Mecca
if the Minister of Defence were detained there.
3. Details can be worked out after investigations
of advance party.
British Middle East Office please pass to Commander-
in-Chief.
[Copies sent to Middle East Secretariat],

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This file concerns arrangements for a military mission to Saudi Arabia, financed by the British Government. The file consists of correspondence between War Office, Foreign Office, 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. , and Government of India officials regarding the War Office's proposal for a proportion of Sunni Moslem [Muslim] officers to be recruited for the mission from the Indian Army, in accordance with the Saudi Government's reported preference for a Sunni Moslem presence among the mission's officers. Other notable correspondents include the Viceroy of India (Archibald Percival Wavell) and the Secretary of State for India (Frederick William Pethick-Lawrence).

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence (folio 2).

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1 file (63 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 64; 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.

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Coll 6/91(2) 'Saudi Arabia: Policy of H.M.G. Assistance to King Ibn Saud (British Military Mission to Saudi Arabia)' [‎44r] (87/129), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2164, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100041970672.0x00005a> [accessed 11 December 2019]

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