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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎144v] (288/434)

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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 students came under the charge of Qadhi Abdullah-Al-Sarhi
and fcaiyid Yahiya A1 Nahan, who, according to popular rumours, have
been charged with the task of arranging with the Iraqi Govt, for the
establishment of a Yamani Consulate in Bagdad. Nuri Pasha tells me
however, that these gentlemen have not been given any official duties other
than the care of the students under their charge.
i recen t talk with the Oriental Secretary, the Sa’udi Charge
re betra y ed a marked suspicion of the frequent visits of semi
official 1 amani visitors to Iraq and evidently feared that the Iraqi Gov
ernment, by encouraging such visits, were trespassing in what he regarded
as the exclusive sphere of influence of King Abdul Aziz A1 Sa’ud. °
4. I am sending copies of this despatch to His Majesty’s Minister at
Jedda and to the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. at Aden.
( 86 )
Telegram from the British Legation, Jedda, to the Foreign Office
No. 120, dated 8th November 1936.
My telegram No. 118 of October 25th, supplemented by despatch sent
by bag October 28th.
A three-engined Italian aeroplane arrived from Rome, November 4th
apparently as present to Saudi Arabian Government. I understand that
it is an out-of-date Caproni and that two more are to follow bringing total
to six originally promised. °
2. I cannot believe that Yusif Yasin’s proposal was sincere.
(87)
Letter from the British Legation, Jedda, to the Foreign Office
No. 295, dated 27th October 1936.
In my telegram No. 118, dated October 25th, I reported that Sheykh
’Vnsuf lasm had inquired privately whether His Majesty’s Government
would be prepared to receive and to assist missions of young Saudis whom
the Saudi Government wished to be trained in aviation. I now transmit
a translation of his personal letter and a copy of my reply.
2. The history of aviation in Saudi Arabia is well known to you.
My predecessor reported on the subject in detail in his despatch No. 176
dated June 8th. The present position, so far as my information goes is
this. Of the six Italian aeroplanes (make unknown) which it was believed
were being presented to the Saudi Government by the Italian Government
only three have arrived, and of these only one has been seen in the air at one
time for some weeks past and two are stated to have received some slight
damage. I have no information as -to the use to which the machine
presented by the French Government is being put. The old British
machines (Wapitis) have not been used at all since the Italian aeroplanes
arrived. The young Saudis who were sent to Italy for training seem to
have returned nominally qualified to act as pilots, but little is known
about their performance as Saudi “eagles”. So faa* as my information
goes no Saudis have been trained as air mechanics, and this essential
part of the functions of aviation is discharged by foreigners, viz. three
White Russian refugees, and two Italians, wffio with an Italian' pilot-
instructor, were sent with the Italian aeroplanes.
3. I was at first inclined to see objections to taking action on a private
letter from Sheykh Yusuf Yasin. but I now see an advantage in this course
since if the request cannot be encouraged by His Majesty’s Government,
as I imagine it cannot, it can be rejected more easily than if it had been
put forward officially.

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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)
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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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