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'File 61/11 VI (D 102) Hejaz-Nejd Miscellaneous' [‎111r] (242/522)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (259 folios). It was created in 2 Feb 1931-30 Aug 1934. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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WjF r paragraph 3 of the Italian Government's undated note of December 1933
reference is made to the "well-known rights" of the Imam over Asir. His
1 fLj, Majesty's Government know of no good grounds for any claim which the Imam
^ may have put forward before the conclusion of the Treaty of Mecca to the area
K , over which the Idrisi held sovereignty and they therefore could not agree to any
' discussion with the Italian Government on the basis that the Imam had a
■ reasonable claim to that area at the present time.
^ ^|| I am, however, to add that His Majesty's Government will naturally continue,
V fa8t «f in pursuance of the conclusions of the Rome conversations of 1927, not only to
refrain from intervention in the present conflict between King Ibn Saud and the
110 Of: Imam, but also to avoid all appearance of taking the part of either of the
disputants, while seeking, should further opportunities arise, to use their influence
alsHiii favour of a peaceful settlement. I am further to assure you of their desire
to continue to exchange information with the Italian Government regarding the
1 ulfl progress of the dispute. Should you wish for any further explanation in regard
hk to any special point concerning the policy of His Majesty's Government in
rt Arabian affairs, Sir John Simon will, of course, be happy to give it to you when
- TJ —u visit London at the end of the month.
Believe me, &c.
ERIC DRUMMOND.

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The volume contains two original files bound together. The first file (folios 1A-207) has the original reference 61/11 VI (D 102) and covers the period 7 November 1933 to 30 August 1934 and relates to Hejaz-Najd affairs. The second file (folios 208-243) has the original reference 61/6 VII (D 95) and covers the period 2 February 1931 to 5 August 1932 and relates to Najd affairs. Both contain letters, telegrams, memoranda, and reports sent between the British Legation in Jeddah, the Foreign Office in London, the Political Residencies in Bushire and Aden, the Political Agencies in Bahrain, Kuwait, and Muscat, the High Commissioner in Trans-Jordan, the High Commissioner in Baghdad (later the British Embassy following Iraqi independence in 1932), the Colonial Office in London, the Government of India, and Ibn Sa'ud.

The main subject of the first file is the territorial dispute between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Contained in the volume are papers concerning Saudi Arabian advances into the territories of 'Asir and Yemen and the subsequent Treaty of Taif that largely settled the dispute. There is also coverage of diplomatic conversations between Italy and Britain regarding the dispute, including secret talks in Rome. Included is the full Arabic text of the Treaty (folios 143-150A) and an English translation (folios 156-177).

Other subjects covered in the first file are:

  • the visit of M. Maigret, the French Charge D'Affairs, to Riyadh to speak with Ibn Sa'ud;
  • the visit of Talaat Pasha Harb;
  • a provisional agreement signed by the United States and Saudi Arabia;
  • the prospect of gold in commercial quantities in the Hejaz.

Notable documents contained in the volume are a report on the heads of foreign missions in Jeddah, and a revised (June 1934) report on the leading personalities in Saudi Arabia.

The subjects covered by the second file are:

  • details and significance of a resurgence in war dancing by the Saudis;
  • the visit of Charles Crane to see Ibn Sa'ud;
  • a request for military assistance made by Saudi Arabia to Turkey;
  • the conditions of entry into Hasa for Hindu merchants.

At the end of each file are several pages of internal office notes.

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1 volume (259 folios)
Arrangement

Each of the two separate files which make up the volume is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: The sequence starts on the first folio and continues through to the inside back cover. The numbers are written in pencil, circled, and 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. There are the following anomalies: 1A, 1B, 1C, and 1D; 11A and 11B; 24A; 30A; 132A; 143A; 150A; and 236A. There are two other sequences, both uncircled and incomplete.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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