File 4327/1911 Part 4 'Turco-Italian War: Red Sea Blockade' [9r] (13/140)
The record is made up of 1 item (70 folios). It was created in Oct 1911-Mar 1912. 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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Sir R. Rodd to Sir Edward Grey. —(Received March 5, 4'45 p.m.)
(No. 14. Treaty.) R. </ Rome, March r >, 1912, T40 p.m.
YOUR telegram No. 7, Treaty,
Reply as to pilgrim traffic states tliat the general pilgrimage season will this year
fall in months of October to December. Should hostilities not be concluded then, due
consideration will be given to the request of His Majesty’s Government, having regard
to special conditions entailed.
As regards constant limitation of traffic, especially between Suakin and Jeddah,
Minister of Marine is ready to instruct commandant in the Red Sea not to impede
outward journeys when there are no grounds to suspect contraband trade. For
homeward journeys Italian Government must exercise very strict right of visiting ships
to prevent contrabandists in disguise as pilgrims making for Tripoli. They suggest
that Suakin authorities might be instructed to co-operate in this vigilance, which would
necessitate less rigorous execution of the Italian control.
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Part four consists of correspondence relating to an Italian blockade of parts of the Red Sea coast of present-day Saudi Arabia. Several matters are covered by the correspondence:
- the classification of Turkish grain ships as contraband of war by the Italians;
- the Italian blockade of Hodeidah [Ḥudaydah] and reported intention of extending it to Jeddah and Yenbo [Yanbuʻ al-Baḥr];
- the Italian threat to bombard Hodeidah;
- the appeal for British protection from the British Indian population of the town;
- impediments to the embarkation of European goods;
- the British demand for assurances from the Italians that the blockade will not be extended and British Indian subjects will be safe.
The correspondence is mostly between the Turkish Government, Turkish Embassy in London, 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, British Embassies at Constantinople and Rome, and the British Consulate at Jeddah.
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