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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎74r] (147/434)

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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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Enclosure to Serial No. (100). 1 / ! -
Demi-official letter from the Hon’ble the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. 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. , Bushire, to the 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. , No. 1116-S./34, dated
the 28th November 1934.
With reference to my demi-official letter No. 1029-S. of 7th November
1934 [Enclo. 1 to S. No. (94)], on the subject of the effect of the Saudi-Yemen
War on Ibn Saud’s prestige, I enclose herewith for ready reference a copy
of Calvert’s letter No. 294 of September 25th, 1934 [Serial No. (88)], to
the Foreign Office, which rather tends to confirm my views. At the same
time of course one cannot attach too much importance to ordinary tribal
unrest in Saudi Arabia : whatever the state of Ibn Saud’s prestige there
will always I imagine be some tribes ready to 'take a risk and show signs
of discontent.
I am sending a copy of this letter to Metcalf and Ryan.
( 101 )
[Received on 8th December 1934, with Political Secretary's letter No. 47,
dated 22nd November 1934.)
) No. 1.
Letter from the Consul at Damascus, to the Foreign Office, No. 57,
I have the honour to enclose a translation of a report published on the
23rd October, 1934, of an interview given by Fuad Bey Hamza, Deputy
Minister for Foreign Affairs to King Abdul Aziz-bin-Saud, to the reporter
of the Ayyam.
2 . I am sending a copy of this despatch and its enclosure to His
Majesty’s Minister in Jedda.
Enclosure in No. 1.
Extract from the Ayyam of October 23, 1934.
Conversation between our Special Correspondent and Fuad Bey Hamza.
Q. Will your Excellency tell me in detail what was the aim in present
circumstances of your visit to the European capitals ?
A . I went to Europe on a private visit to take a rest, but I also took the
opportunity of meeting the men of Italy, France and Great Britain of
discussing with them questions of interest to His Majesty King Abdul Aziz,
and of solving some of the outstanding problems. I visited Italy and met
Signor Mussolini. This visit served to confirm the good relations existing
between the Italian and Arabian Governments. I visited the French capital
and met the men of its Government and spoke to that experienced politician,
the late M. Barthou, whose death was a great loss to the French nation. He
was an energetic man, and he wisely steered French policy in the stormy sea
of politics. I visited the English, capital and met the Hon’ble Sir John
Simon, the Foreign Minister, and other men of the British Government. I
am glad to be able to declare that we succeeded in overcoming many difficulties
and in coming to an understanding about many questions which are of
interest to the Arab Saudi and the British Governments.
Q . Hejaz being one of the Governments that inaugurated the League of
Nations, is it the intention of His Majesty to use that right, having neglected
so far to claim it ?
A . Hejaz, which was one of the Governments which founded the League
of Nations, was then an independent country by itself. Now it is not,
6 3[C) F&PO

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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.

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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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