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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎74v] (148/434)

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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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Q. But the Government of His Majesty Abdul Aziz has inherited the
Hejaz Kingdom!
A. If we had inherited that, we should have inherited also some other
things which are not in our interest. So is it better not to have inherited
Q. Then is it not the intention of the Government of His Majesty to
enter the League of Nations ?
A - It is possible that this question is now under discussion.
Q. What about the negotiations concerning the Hejaz Railway?
A. Negotiations on that subject are taking place between the Arabian,
French and English Governments. Probably a conference will be held
shortly to take a final decision about this railway.
Q. Is it not to the interest of Hejaz, Syria and the Moslem world to
have the line between Maan and Medina repaired and put into action, and
leave other questions to be discussed later ?
A. Among other questions considered during the negotiations, which
took place a long time ago, was the repairing of the line between Maan and
Medina. One of the subjects to be discussed by the conference is the way
for securing the necessary funds for repairing this part of the line.
• ( 102 )
{Received on 15th Vecember 1934, with Political Secretary's letter No. 48,
dated 29th November 1934-)
Letter from the British Legation, Jedda, to the Foreign Office,
No. 2905/26/82, dated the 2nd November 1934.
Please refer to our despatch No. 314 (2780/5/43), [Serial No. (99)],
regarding the incident at Thaniya Tarais.
We regret that a copy of the note from the Saudi Minister for Foreign
Affairs (No. 5/2/60 of October 2nd), was not sent to you at the time. It
was submerged in the subsequent spate of telegrams. A copy is now
attached, with our apologies,
Enclosure to Serial No. (102).
• i .
Letter from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to H. M’s.
Charge d’affaires, Jedda, No. 5/2/60, dated the 23rd, Jusmad ath
Thani 1353 (2nd October 1934.).
I inform you that the authorities concerned in the northern frontiers of
the Government of H. M. the King have a week ago noticed the presence of
two aeroplanes of the British Air Force at Thaniya Tarif, north of and one
“Marhala” (a day’s journey) distant from Fajr. They have also seen six
of the armed soldiers of the Camel Corps of the Transjordan frontier forces.
Your honour is not unaware of the fact that the above mentioned place
lies within the frontiers of the territories of the Government of H. M. the
King and that the presence of aeroplanes and armed forces therein must be
regarded as a transgression and violation of the rights of the territories
belonging to His Majesty.
I am therefore directed to express strong regret at such aggression
and to lodge the protect of the Government of H. M, officially for such
manifest aggression against their territories. I await adequate satisfaction
for this incident and (hope) to learn of the measures which will be taken to
avoid its recurrence. j j : .

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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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