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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎104r] (207/434)

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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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(Received on 2nd November 1935 with Political Secretary's letter No. 42,
dated 17th October 1935.)
(Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated 8th October 1935.)
Memorandum No. 2083/563/8, dated the 2nd September, 1935.
His Majesty’s Consul at Damascus presents his compliments to the
Eastern Department of the Foreign Office, London, S. W.-l, and has the
honour to transmit to him the under-mentioned document.
Copy of a Translation of an Extract from the Damascus Newspaper
“A1 Shab’ab” of August 28, 1935, re. Arab Unity.
Copy sent direct to Baghdad and Jedda.
Enclosure to S. No. (58). :
An Extract from the Damascus newspaper “Al Sha'ab" of August 28,
' 1935 .;
The dav of Arab unity is near. The Political Union of Iraq and the
Hedjaz. An Important Declaration by the Deputy Minister for Foreign
Affairs of the Sa'ud Arabian Kingdom.
Ibrahim Shanti, the chief editor of “Al Difa’ ”, newspaper had a
conversation with His Excellency Fuad Bey Hamzeh, the Sa udi Deputy
Minister for Foreign Affairs. He discussed with His Excellency the
evolution of world events which might lead to the outbreak of war, the
attitude and the future of the Arab countries and the political rapproach-
ment between Baghdad, Mecca and Sana a. The chief editor of Al
Difa’ ” summarised the conversation as follows
His Excellency said that the outbreak of war inevitable, and the pre
sent political situation shows that it cannot be long delayed. We should
not attach much importance to the political alignments in Europe, which
appear strong but change easily. France, the refuge of the White Army
and the enemy of Russia and Bolshevism, worked hard until Monsieur
Barthou who was killed with the King of Yugoslavia, succeeded in having
Russia to whom France extended a hand filled with gold, admitted to the
League' of Nations. Italy, who was on good terms with Germany and
whose relations with France were strained, has completely changed her
policy The same is tiue of Poland, once France’s best ally, now Ger
many’s firmest friend. Consider also the understanding between Great
Britain and Germany which alarmed France, the former’s ally. These
alignments change rapidly. Governments take the interests, not the senti
ments of their countries into considesation. We ,the Arabs, will in all
our plans follow the dictates of our interests not of our feelings.

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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.

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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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English and French in Latin script
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