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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎94r] (187/536)

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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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seems to be true that further troops were sent to Asir, but these may have merely
gone t° relieve others. It is intended, following on the arrangement regarding
n ^ if- 1 T ? COrded in P ai a g ra P^ below, to organise the part of Asir in which
he had his being as an ordinary Saudi province to be called Asir Tihama, with a
local Governor under a Governor-General or Viceroy at Abha.
d of Police at Jedda was retransferred to his former post at
Kabigh m April and was replaced by one Khalil Bey, Director of Police at
Medina, who had held the post at Jedda two years previously. The removal of
the late director may have been partly due to the affair mentioned in paragraph
\ °l t i he J last Te P 0Tt and certain other grievances of the Legation against him,
which had not given rise to official action when they occurred, but were ventilated
m connexion with the incident of the 4th March. The new man is known to the
Legation and not unfavourably.
II.—F rentier Questions and Foreign Relations in Arabia.
63. The arrangements for the mutual recognition of each other by Ibn Saud
and the Amir Abdullah were completed according to plan on the 1st April. The
two rulers exchanged friendly telegrams, as had been arranged, next day. This
cleared the road for the initiation of treaty negotiations between the two Govern
ments with the participation of His Majesty’s Government in the United
Kingdom A mission from Transjordan arrived in Jedda on the 22nd April.
It consisted of Colonel Cox, the British Resident at Amman, who was associated
as a British representative with His Majesty’s Minister at Jedda; and Taufiq
e} Abdul-Huda chief secretary to the Transjordan Government as
representative of the Amir Abdullah; with Captain Glubb as expert. The
mission was received with great distinction. Its members, and Mrs. Cox were
entertained as Government guests at the Kandara villa. Formal negotiations
3 " 0 ”, the ^ d A prl1 and P ro< f eded actively, in a fairly favourable atmosphere
end? K ! ? St ° f h ® ?d th - A su “ lmar y account of them and of their partial
success but temporary failure to produce signed treaty texts will be given in the
iigxl report.
dnrinn a Ji?f re n °, neWS °! tr ° uble ? n the Saudi Arabia-Transjordan frontier
am ing April. The only incident worth recording is the arrival at Mecca in the
company of the Amir of Tebuk, of one Karayim-bin-Atiya, whom the
Transjordan authorities had decided, in the interests of the Saudi
Government, to put out of harms way in Palestine. After successfully
playing a double game, this man made his peace with the Saudi authorities and
now seems to be in high favour, all the higher because of the yarns he has spun
about the inducements held out to him in Transjordan to work against Ibn Saud
00 I he Iraqi representative scored a partial success during April in his
negotiations regarding the properties of the Hashimite family in the Hejaz a
subject which interests His Majesty’s Government as one affectino- the personal
“ Xldh- A The A n dU ! lah ’ bUt ln / hich ^ are Unwillin K t?involve them-
sel\es officially. Ihe position was discussed during the conference between
was aure^wTh C f ° onel Cox Taufiq Bey and the Iraqi representative. It
was agreed that the former should not intervene for the time being bevond inti-
P nvat< r{y to l uad Be .y that he would welcome a settlement and had heard
with pleasure that the prospects were good.
66 . The question between Ibn Saud and the Imam of the Yemen regarding
the disposal of the Idnsi was settled late in March or early in April bv thf
iiM^P V° f the t° an , ari>an g e nient that Hasan-al-Idrisi should remain
m the l emen under the Imam s supervision and should receive a pension from the
Saudi Government It was hoped, on the Saudi side, that other reCees
mcludmg Hasan s brother, Abdul-Wahhab, would return under amnestv to Sand!
• rabia ’ but tj 1 . 18 hope is not known to have been fulfilled. The rumours’^of trouble
n Amr, mentioned in paragraph 61, have had their counterpart in rumours of
hpp ltary P re P araBons under sons of the Imam on the Yemeni side. There has
fresh 'danger ^ ^em^betw^en The* two Sove^ T n 7 ^XlhuZui
sets th ' »'« »S„"„ A s S KS
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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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