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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎8v] (16/536)

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The record is made up of 1 file (266 folios). It was created in Jul 1931-Dec 1934. 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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out his investigation did not permit of his conducting his en
quiries on the actual sites of raids or of his having the
opportunity of examining all available witnesses, the iniorm-
ation is not such as to enable His Majesty’s Government to
make an exact award on each claim submitted, kor this
reason His Majesty’s Government are not in a position to make
a detailed estimate as to the amount of loot taken from the
nationals of either Government by nationals of the other.
The information furnished to His Majesty’s Government is, however,
sufficient to enable them to judge that it would be fair and
reasonable that all claims referred to them by both Govern
ments concerned should be held to cancel each other out. His
Majesty’s Government conclude, therefore, that all claims
arising from raids between the two countries which took place
before 1st August 1930 should, on the basis of such cancella
tion, be held to be settled and conclusively disposed of.
This is His Majesty’s Government’s final finding.
A month elapsed before a reply was received conveying Ibn Sa’ud’s
reaction from Riddh. It falls to be recorded in the next Report.
32. Frontier Line .—Survey operations in connection with the Haifa-
Baghdad railway discovered a small error near Jebel Tubaik in the boundary
traced on the Southern desert Maps of Trans-Jordan to define His Majesty s
Government’s unilateral declaration of the 19th May 1927. Brought to the
notice of His Majesty’s Government in July, its rectification was called tor.
33. Relations were undisturbed.
34. Although by the beginning of July both representatives—elect had
been named, neither had proceeded by the end of August. The Hejaz-JSejd
Consul-General elect, Rushaid Pasha, was apparently awaiting the arrival
of his ’Iraqi opposite number before leaving himelf. An enemy ot long
standing of both Ibn Sa’ud and the Hashimites, Rushaid Pasha is now to
represent Ibn Sa’ud in the Hashimite capital.
Kowait and Bahrain.
35 Colonel Biscoe and Shaykh Hafiz Wahba had a friendly meeting
at the Foreign Office on July 21, when mention was made of the possibility
of Ibn Sa’ud being near the Hasa coast in September and of a visit from
Colonels Biscoe and Dickson being arranged (see May-June Report para-
graph 33). t . .
36. Two cases of intrusion by officials of Ibn Sa’ud into Kowait terri
tory were reported in August. T ,
37 An uncertain figure passed through Jedda in July, apparently
returning to Kowait after some ten months stay in the Hejaz as a guest of
Ibn Sa’ud. His name was Khan Bahadur Abdul Latif ibn Abdul Ja ,
one time Director of Kewait Customs, decorated at the New Year 1930
convicted for forgery in June, given a letter of recommendation by the
Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in August, and kept hanging about for nearly a year in the
Hejaz for a job which never materialised.
Yemen and Asm.
38 A sir C oimnunicdtions . —As a result of an exchange of views with
the Italian Government on the question of de facto as opposed to de jure
recomition of the Sa’udi status of Asir raised by the Hejazi Government s
reouest for the establishment of wireless communication between Jisan and
a den and of postal communication between Jisan and Kamaran (see May
June Report paragraph 36), His Majesty’s Charge d Affaires was

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The file contains intelligence reports on the Kingdom of Hejaz, Najd and its Dependencies (after September 1932, Saudi Arabia) written by the British Legation at Jeddah.

Between July 1931 and December 1932 the reports are issued every two months, with the exception of the January-March 1932 and April 1932 reports. From January 1933 the reports are sent on a monthly basis.

Between July 1931 and December 1932, each report is divided into sections, numbered with Roman numerals from I to IX, as follows: Internal Affairs; Frontier Questions; Relations with States outside Arabia; Air Matters; Military Matters; Naval Matters; Pilgrimage; Slavery; and Miscellaneous. Each section is then further divided into parts relating to a particular matter or place, under a sub-heading. Some reports contain an annex.

From January 1933, when the reports become monthly, they take a new format. Each is divided into sections, as follows: Internal Affairs; Frontier Questions and Foreign Relations in Arabia; Relations with Powers Outside Arabia; Miscellaneous (often containing information on slavery and the pilgrimage).

Most reports are preceded by the covering letters from the Government of India, who distributed them to Political Offices in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. and elsewhere, and the original covering letter from the Jeddah Legation, who would send them to the Government of India and Government departments in London. From May 1933, most reports were sent directly to the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain from Jeddah.

Up until January 1933, each report began with an index giving a breakdown of the sections with references to the corresponding paragraph number. From January 1933 onwards no index is included.

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1 file (266 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover and terminates at the back cover; 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 incomplete foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 6-11; 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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