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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎59r] (117/434)

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The record is made up of 1 file (214 folios). It was created in 31 Aug 1933-20 Mar 1939. It was written in English and French. 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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I Received on 14th July 1934, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 26, dated the
28th June 1934.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office Covering Letter, dated 22nd June 1934.
Letter from His Majesty's Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No. 152L
124|21, DATED THE 22XD JUNE 1934.
Many thanks for your letter E.-2765|72|25 of May 10 about Ydlibi’s Bank
project i Serial No. (5.7) I. 1 have bad little further information at tills end, but
1 take the opportunity of recording the following which, except for a brief men
tion in Jedda Report for April (F. 72-N.|34) was overlooked in the rush of the
first half of May.
On April 27, Awayni brought here for translation a letter addressed by
Shcykh ’Abdullah Suleyman to Ydlibi. I enclose a copy of the translation,
from which you will see that the attitude of the Saudi Government up to that
date was guarded without being actively discouraging.
When Awayni called on me the following day, April 28, he referred to
the enclosed letter. I said that I had seen it hurriedly hut that there did not
appeal' to be much in it. He replied cheerfully that it contained all they needed
to woxk on. I did not pursue the subject and we went on to talk about oil, in
lines which I reported at the time.
As regards the ’Iraqi analogy, I took Ydlibi to he referring to the ’Irak
Currency Board and not to any bank. After my interview with him, I turned
up page 128 of the general Report on ’Iraq for 1920-31 and page 26 of the Re
port for January— October, 1032. I gathered from those reports that the
’Iraqi Government contemplated in 1927 a State Bank, with a monopoly of note
issue, but that tills scheme was abandoned in favour of the present Currency
Board. I do not, however, understand these tilings and it consoles me to find
that the Treasury experts can make as little of Ydlibi’s scheme as I can.
Enclosure to Serial No. (69).
Letter from the Saudi Ministry of Finance, to Mr. ’Abdul-G hani
Ydlibi, Manchester, No. 201, dated the 12th Muharram 1353.
In continuation of the oral conversations which took place between ns dur
ing your stay in the Hejaz, and with reference to your telegram received by
Huseyn al-’Awayni, who wrote to us regarding its contents, I have to inform
you that the Government welcome the idea of the establishment of a Bank in
the Hejaz, as I explained to you in our oral conversation, provided that it assures
their interests. The Government see no objetion to your forming for this pur
pose a syndicate of capitalists who are recognised as being financially sound and
of good reputation. They welcome your enterprise and will expect you to for
ward vour Bank proposal to them for their examination, so that, if it meets
their wishes and assures their interests, they may enter into negotiations with
you for its decision and execution. I hope your good endeavours will prove
successful as your trustworthiness and capability are well-known.
Enclosure in Department of Overseas'’ Trade Covering Letter, Reference P. O.
T. 26524134, dated 26th June 1934.
Letter from His Majesty's Minister of Jedda, to the Foreign Office,
Department of Overseas Trade, No. O.T.-16, dated the 30th May 1931.
I have the honour to report- that an announcement appeared in the Mecca
newspaper ‘ Umm-al-Qnra ’ on May 5th to the effect that an “ Arabian Steam
Navigation Company ” had been established in Jedda and had purchased two
steamers which would run between Red Sea and 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. ports. One of

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The file contains the Foreign Office confidential prints of the Arabia Series for the years 1933 to 1938. It includes correspondence, memoranda, and extracts from newspapers. The correspondence is principally between the British Legation in Jedda and the Foreign Office. Other correspondents include British diplomatic, political, and military offices, foreign diplomats, heads of state, tribal leaders, corporations, and individuals in the Middle East region.

Each annual series is composed of several numbered serials that are often connected to a particular subject. The file covers many subjects related to the affairs of Saudi Arabia.

Included in the file are the following:

  • a memorandum on Arab Unity produced by the Foreign Office dated 12 June 1933 (author unknown), folios 11-13;
  • a memorandum on petroleum in Arabia produced by the Petroleum Department dated 5 August 1933 (author unknown), folios 23-26;
  • a record of interviews with Ibn Sa‘ūd, King of Saudi Arabia, conducted by Reader Bullard and George William Rendel between 20 and 22 March 1937;
  • a memorandum on Yemen by Captain B W Seager, the Frontier Officer, dated 20 July 1937;
  • several records of proceedings of ships on patrol in the Red Sea, including that of HMS Penzance , Hastings , Colombo , Bideford , and Londonderry .

Folios 213-15 are internal office notes.

Extent and format
1 file (214 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 217; 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 foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-215; 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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