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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎195v] (390/434)

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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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^existence of a separate Jewish State would be a most dangerous irritant. But
he evidently cannot believe His Majesty’s Government will carry partition
through. He referred seriously to rumours that they were already considering
alternative schemes including one where His Majesty’s Govermnent would stop
[grp. undec.] and hand Palestine over to Iraq who would then throw Palestine
open to unrestricted immigration by the Jews. I described this as fantastic and
said that partition scheme remained the policy of His Majesty’s Government
though no one could say that recommendations of the Commission to be appointed
in this connexion would be.
3. Ibn Saud evidently has a minor anxiety lest His Majesty’s Government
should adopt some alternative scheme without consulting him. In fact he said
that he trusted His Majesty’s Government would always' communicate to him
as early as possible any important information about their Palestine policy.
I reminded him that they had always repaid his frankness and said I was
confident they would continue to do so.
Addressed to Foreign Office, No. 98 of December 15th ; repeated to
Bagdad No. ]5, Cairo No. 18 and Jerusalem No. 5.
r 1 r • ^ •. A. , ,T, ^ Q A r I *
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter No. P.Z.-83|38, dated the 4th
January 1938.
(Received on 23rd January 1938, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 1 , dated.
6th January 1938.)
(E.-7528j244 ! 25.)
Telegbai*! moM Foreign Office, to Sir R. Bullard (Jedda), No. 1, dated the
3rd January 1938.
My despatch No. 479 (of the 15th December ; training of Saudi air
Royal Air Force authorities in Egypt are now ready to receive pupils forth
with and Saudi Arabian Minister has accepted proposed arrangements on behalf
of Saudi Government.
2. Final details remain to be settled, but these can most conveniently be
arranged with authorities direct through Saudi Arabian Legation in Cairo.
Please suggest this to Saudi Government.
Letter from 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. , to Consul-General, Bushire, No. P.Z.-274|38,
Would you kindly refer to Caroe’s Express Letter No. 733-S. of the 21st
October about the representative of the Sheikh of Koweit at Pan-Arab meetings
on the Palestine situation ?
We asked the Colonial Office if they could obtain any confirmation of the
report that the Sheikh had selected Naji as Suwaidi to represent him at such
meetings and I now enclose a copy of their reply.
A copy of this letter (and enclosure) is being sent to the Government of
India and de Gaury.
— i-n —, .)
Enclosure to Serial No. (70).
Demi-official letter from J. M. Martin, Esq., Colonial Office, S. W. 1 , to
J. P. Gibson, Esq., 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. , No. 75718|35]37, dated the 13th January
On the 14th December, I sent you a copy of my letter to Jerusalem regarding
a report that the Sheikh of Kuwait had selected Naji Suwaidi to represent him
at the Bhidan Conference and possibly at others. (See your letter to Blaxter,
No. P.Z.-7475|37 of the 2nd December, 1937).
We have now heard, in reply, that the Palestine Government are not in
possession of any information confirming this report.
LS109EAD _25— 30-7-38— GIPS

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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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