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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎150v] (300/434)

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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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4. All this of course is rather outside your immediate sphere, but I
thought it might be useful to you to know that the establishment of the
North Western terminal of the Saudi-Iraqi frontier at the true summit
of the Jebel Anaiza and not at the geographical point mentioned
as a supplementary definition in the Protocol of Uqair will be very definitely
to our advantage, and very helpful to us in our negotiations with the Saudi
Government about the Transjordan frontier.
5. As regards the neutral zone, the matter seems to be entirely one
for the Saudis and Iraqis to settle between themselves, but our experience
here, generally speaking, has been that neutral zones are an unmitigated
nuisance, and that if they could be got rid of the situation is likely to be
considerably simplified. They have in particular given us a great deal of
trouble in connexion with recent negotiations for oil concessions in Arabia.
6 . As regards extradition I was under the impression that the settle
ment arrived at in Mecca in April, 1931, had been found to offer a very
satisfactory solution of existing difficulties. I am not sure whether we
are called upon to advise further in regard to it, but the Treaty Depart
ment generally have rather strong views on extradition questions, and if you
are in any doubt therefore you may like to send us a separate despatch on
the point.
Letter from the British Embassy, Baghdad, to the Foreign Office,
No. 17/27/36, dated the 20th February 1936.
With reference to my despatch No. 89 of February 17th, about the
Iraqi Government’s negotiations with Saudi Araoia, I enclose a copy of a
note prepared by Edmonds for his minister on tne Iraqi—Saudi Arabia
boundary and the neutral zone.
In his covering letter Edmonds writes that he thinks that the Saudi
proposals for the bisection of the neutral zone and the demarcation of the
frontiers are not likely to be pressed, but that importance is attached by
the Saudi delegation to the Dahamshah dispute and to the amendment of
the extradition agreement. Both of these are hardy annuals carefully cul
tivated by Ibn Saud. They are, however, solely the concern of the Iraqi
and Saudi Governments and I need not bother you with details.
I learn from Yassin Pasha that the revival of these stale and antiquated
differences has rather overcast the dawn of a new Arabian brotherhood
which some optimists saw on the horizon and, in consequence, the treaty
of alliance is being extensively redrafted.
I gather that Yassin has done some plain speaking to Yusuf Yasin and
has told him franklv that Saudi Arabia clearly cannot help Iraq effectively
in any circumstances until she becomes more civilised and that, on the other
hand, he must not imagine that Iraq will allow herself to be drawn willy- ^
niily into any complications m which King Abdul Aziz may become involved
with states either members or non-members of the League.
Yusuf Yasin apparently asked wfiat Iraq would do if Saudi Arabia
were to go to war with Great Britain; Yassin just told him not to be silly.
The Boundary. )
1 . Shaikh Yusuf A1 Yasin has proposed :
{a) that the Neutral Zone shall be divided between the two States;
(b) that the boundary shall be demarcated.
2. The relevant article in the Treaty of Muhammara reads as follows :—
According to Article 1 (a) the Muntafiq, Dhafir and Amarat tribes
belong to Iraq, similarly the Shammar Nejd belong to Nejd.
The wells and lands used from 014 times by the Iraq tribes

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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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