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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎112v] (224/434)

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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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as to the possibility of obtaining an appointment in the Near East, and more
especially in Arabia or in Egypt. I am to inform you in reply that in so far
as the Foreign Office are concerned no such appointments are at present
available. :
2. Without further information as to your qualifications and experi
ence it is difficult to give you any advice in the matter, but I am to explain
that applications for appointments in Palestine ,Transjordan and the Aden
Protectorate should be made through the Colonial Office; for appointments
in the Arab States 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. , 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. ; and for appoint
ments in Iraq or Egypt (which are both independent foreign countries) to
the Iraqi or Egyptian Legations in London. Vacancies for appointments
in any of these countries, are however, rare, and if any were available
special qualifications would certainly be required. Appointments for
British subjects are seldom or never available in Saudi Arabia.
(Received on 12th January 1936, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 52,
dated 26th December 1935.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office Covering letter, dated 18th December 1935.
Telegram from H. M.’s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No. 220

(Repeated to Addis Ababa.)
Jedda despatch No. 314. J
During my visit to Riyadh Fuad asked my advice privately and rather
casually on technical question if a Power had (grp. undee.) neutrality
between two belligerents it could be breach thereof to conclude treaty, e.g.,
of friendship or an exchange of notes with one of them. I disclaimed
expert knowledge of international law but said I thought such a transaction
could not constitute breach of neutrality provided it did not provide assist
ance to belligerent. Fuad then disclosed obvious object of his enquiry and
said he thought it would probably be best not to conclude treaty with Ethio
pian Mission which is awaiting his return here but to exchange notes accord
ing Ethiopia same position as a treaty power. I said he had now passed
from a technical to a political question and that if he consulted me on latter
I should probably share his view.
Do you wish me to take any line on this subject if Fuad reverts to it?
' 8 )
Enclosure in Foreign Office Covering letter, dated 18th December 1935.
Telegram from the Foreign Office, to H. M.’s Minister, Jedda, No.
139, DATED THE 1'7tH DECEMBER 1935.
Your teleerram No. 220, proposed Saudi-Ethiopian Treaty of Friend
ship [S. No. (7)].
If Fuad reverts to question you may explain that a neutral state may
conclude a treaty of friendship with a belligerent though naturally much
depends on exact terms of treaty and on object underlying its conclusion.
From political point of view there seems no reason to dissuade Saudi
government from concluding treaty or exchanging notes as they propose.

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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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