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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎123v] (246/434)

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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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Endorsement by the Foreign and Political Department, No. F.-12-N./36,
dated the 8th May 1936.
A copy of the undermentioned paper is forwarded to the Finance Department
lor information (vide Finance Department Unofficial reference No. D.-3347-F.
dated the 14th May 1936), for information:—
Memorandum from His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, No. 33 (595/238/10)>
dated the 29th March 1936, and enclosure [Serial No. (27)].
(Received on 6th June 1936, with Political Secretary's letter No. 21, dated the 21st
May 1936.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office Covering Letter, dated I9th May 1936).
Letter from His Majesty s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No.
106 (688/385/15), dated the 14th April 1936.
With reference to my despatch No. 57 of February 28th, I have the honour to ^ ,
state that M. Maigret, the French Minister here, is to proceed again to San’a on
April 16th m the French warship Bougainville, which arrived in Jedda on
April 11th, m order to sign the Treaty of Friendship which has been the subject
of negotiation for some time past between the French and the Yemeni Govern-
2. M ; Maigret told me to-day that he had practically completed the negotia
tions during his last visit to San a. At the last moment, however, the Yemeni
mister for Foreign Affairs dropped out of the negotiations for some reason
(probably, I think, illness), and the King of the Yemen had appointed another
adviser to take his place. This gentleman, wishing to show zeal, took exception
to certain phrases, and the negotiations could not be completed. The French
Government had now agreed to the amendments desired by the Yemeni Govern
ment and there was no further obstacle to the conclusion of the Treaty.
. ^ 3 - M - Maigret described the Treaty as being a simple and rather anodyne
mstrument, but I gathered that it contains certain commercial provisions.
Ihe most important point outstanding when my French colleague last left the
Yemen was apparently the wording of the most-favoured-nation clause. The
emem negotiator thought that the definition might be too general, if it provided
lor most-favoured-nation treatment “ in other matters” as well as in commercial
matters. I understood from M. Maigret that the offending words had been either
deleted or modified sufficiently to satisfy the Yemeni Government.
4 I am sending a copy of this despatch to His Majesty’s Chief Commissioner
at Aden.
lis 132fT>—25—27.6.36— G IPS

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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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