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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎104v] (208/434)

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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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The editor enquired : “As you believe that a war will soon take place
is it possible for the Arabs to be sure of their Governments’ readiness to
take advantage of the opportunity to bring nearer the day of unity?” His
Excellency kept silence for a while, then he said :
“1 believe so. We are ready and I think Iraq is also. Another proof
that the glorious day is drawing near is the rapyroackment which will soon
take place between the Governments of Mecca and Baghdad. Successful
efforts were made to that end but the situation in Iraq delayed the project.
These efforts will be resumed in such a way as to satisfy Arab desires. The
pursuance of parallel policies by the Sa’udi and Iraqi kingdoms means, as
you will readily understand, the partial attainment of this aim and it will
be a good step towards the realisation of national aspirations. The small
emirates which you see on the coasts of Arabia will not stand before the
hurricane as their existence is contrary to the law of nature. Our rela
tions with Sana’a are friendly and intimate.”
The editor ended the article thus :—
“His Excellency made these statements with a thoughtful man’s quiet
smile. We look forward to that glorious day when the Tigris and the / ,r
Euphrates will unite with Zamzam and the historic capitals Mecca,
paghdad and Sana’a will be joined under one flag, which will lead the
Arabs to the long awaited day, the day of unity; such is the demand of all
Arabs and the aim of sixty million persons”.
GIPD —271(C) FAPD—S #—26-2B-*£l~-2&

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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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