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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎103r] (205/536)

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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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the parties* Since the departure of the mission friendly
conversations have talcen place “between His Majesty’s Minister and
Fuad Boy with a view to so reducing the number of contentions
questions still outstanding as to ensure the success of the second
stage of the negotiations, which it has “been agreed to hold in the
latter part of July, if possible. This should be feasible, subject
to an agreement of some sort, which may have to reserve a small
number of specially difficult cases, in regard to tribal nationality.
The greatest difficulty arises over the Sirhan tribe who have long
been settled in Transjordan but have certain rights of property in
the Wadi Sirhan and frequent a part oi* it for winter grazing. Their
grazing rights have recently been interfered with by the Governor
of Qaf and their rights of property may be endangered, if a
settlement cannot be reachodc
92. No raids were reported from the frontier during May. The
Sa’udi Government complained of the killing of a man earlier in the
year by a Transjordanian police patrol. The moi dent t was already
known to the Legation which returned an immediate :*ntorfa reply to
the effect that the man had lost his life after attacking the patrol
in a ravine,
93, Relations between ’Iraq and Sa’udi Arabia appear to be
normal. The question of Hashimite properties (para.65 of last Report)
is not so advanced as the acting ’Iraqi Charge d’Affaires seemed to
hope in April. This and the failure of the Sa’udi Government to send
a representative to Bagdad were among the more important 'Iraqi
grievances set forth in the Bagdad "Saut-al-’Iraq" of April 19 and
reproduced with a conciliatory rejoinder in the Mecca "Umm-al-Qura"
of May 15. Rushaid Pasha, who was appointed Sa’udi Charge d’Affaires
and Consul-General at Bagdad in 1931 cut never proceeded, has now
been made Sa’udi Consul in Damascus. A new appointment to Bagdad
was made in May, the person chosen being Ibrahim ibn Muammer, who
has held the posts of head of Divan to the King and she Amir Sa’ud.

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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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