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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎138v] (276/434)

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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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Letter from the Colonial Office to the General Secretary, Petro
leum Concessions, Limited, No. 78026/36, dated 25th September
I am directed by Mr. Secretary Ormsby Gore to acknowledge the
receipt of your letter No. P. C.-41/92, of the 3rd September from which he
notes that, as a result of the reply received from the King of the Yemen,
it is not proposed for the present to address the King further on the subject
of an oil concession.
Letter from the British Legation, Jedda, to the Foreign Office,
No. 252, dated the 24th August 1936.
With reference to Sir Andrew Ryan’s, despatch No. 57 of the 28th
February last, in which he reported the presentation by Monsieur Maigret
of his letters of credence as Minister Resident to King Abdul Aziz, I have
the honour to inform you that on the 14th August my French colleague
presented fresh letters of credence to the Amir Feysal, in his capacity as
Viceroy of the Hejaz, this time as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister
2. The event was briefly recorded in the “Umm-al-Qura” of the 21st
August, but no details as to whether Monsieur Maigret delivered a speech,
were given.
3. I am sending copies of this despatch to His Majesty’s High Com
missioner for Egypt, Cairo, and to His Majesty’s Chief Commissioner,
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter dated October 2nd, 1936,
No. E.-5936/5936/34.
Letter from the British Legation, Gulhek, to the Foreign Office,
No. 410 (604/4/36), dated the 27th August 1936.
With reference to Mr. Bateman’s despatch No. 417, of the
August, I have the honour to inform you that the visit of feeyed
Muhammed Zubara, Minister of Court of the Yemen, has been given
considerable prominence in the Persian press.
2. In an interview published in the “Journal de Teheran of the
21st August, Seyed Muhammed Zubara, after suitably flattering reference
to the progress of Iran and to the personality of the bhah and tne
Valiahad, by both of whom he has received, went on to refer to the histori
cal friendship between Iran and the Yemen, He said that he hoped tha
this friendship would shortly be further strengthened by the visits ot
Yemeni Princes, possibly of sons of the Imam, and that he thought rt 1 1 e y
that Yemen student would soon be sent to study at the University of Tehran.
He added that this extension of relations^ between the Yemen
and Iran necessitated the creation of a Yemeni Diplomatic Mission i
Tehran and the appointment of an Iranian representative to banaa.
3 Whether Seyed Muhammed Zubara’s statements are of any impor -
ance remains to be seen. In any case, Monsieur Motamedy now Head of
the Near Eastern Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recently
informed a member of my staff that the present vtsit was of - Pohtmal
importance, and this is borne out by the fact that, thou S Affairs
given to the distinguished visitor by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Monsieur Motamedy, who was on holiday within easy reach of Tehran
cHd not bother to return to the capital to attend it. Monsieur Motamedy
thought that Seved Muhammed Zubara’s visit was lareelv ^ b e expl^ned
by the fact that he was a Shiah, and he has in fact now left Tehran to make
a pilgrimage to Meshed.

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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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