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Coll 5/1 ‘Persian Gulf Air Routes: Hasa Coast & Flying over Nejd territory — Saudi regulations for the landing of foreign aircraft’ [‎180r] (359/564)

The record is made up of 1 file (281 folios). It was created in 11 Feb 1931-3 Mar 1937. It was written in English. 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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(t 2S47/507/E5)
EXTRACT >
Note of Interview with Fuad Bey Hamza. Acting Hejaa-
Nejd Minipter for Foreign Affairs*
Fuad Bey Hamza having once or twice expressed a desire
to have a general talk with me on m5nor outstanding Questions.
I arranged to see him at the Foreign Office at 10 a*m* on
Wednesday. May 11. prior to his departure for Paris to attend
M* Boomer^ funeral*
The conversation was of a rather general character, but
for convenience of record I will deal with it under separate
headings*
(1) Emergency landing grounds on the Hasa Coast *
We had not proposed to raise this question with the
Mission and had in fact instructed Mr* Hope Gill in our
telegram No* 27 of May 5 to discuss it in Jedda* The Hejaz-
Nejd Minister, however, told me confidentially last night
that he had just received a telegram from his Government,
informing him of Mr. Hope Gill’s action on our telegram of
May 3, and saying that the matter should be discussed by the
Mission in London, but adding that the Mission should not
take the initiative in raising it* 1 accordingly took the
line with Fuad 3ey Hamza that this was one of the minor
questions outstanding, and asked him whether he would like
to consider it. He then repeated what Sheikh Hafiz Wahba
had told me previously about the telegram, and said he was
quite ready to try to r*ach a settlement, although any agree
ment would have to be referred to the King for approval*

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The file contains correspondence and papers related to negotiations between the British Government and the Government of Saudi Arabia for the establishment of emergency landing grounds along the Hasa Coast, and proposed arrangements for their maintenance. The intention was that these facilities would be used by aircraft of the Royal Air Force (RAF) or Imperial Airways in the event of an emergency. It further covers measures to be taken to prevent the intrusion of British aircraft into Saudi territory during the progress of negotiations.

Also briefly covered in the file is a visit by Ibn Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] to the Netherlands in 1935 (see folios 26-71) and the attitude of the Saudis to foreign aircraft flying over their territory (see folios 3-21).

The main correspondents are as follows: HM Minister at Jeddah (Sir Andrew Ryan), officials of the Foreign Office (mainly George William Rendel), and officials of the Air Ministry (mainly James Stirling Ross). The negotiations are primarily undertaken through Fuad Bey Hamza and Shaikh Yusuf Yasin.

Prior to 1932, Saudi Arabia was known as the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, and this is reflected in the file.

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (281 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: The foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 282; 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. Bookmarks are present on the verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. side of f 41 and f 272; these have been labelled with an ‘a’.

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Coll 5/1 ‘Persian Gulf Air Routes: Hasa Coast & Flying over Nejd territory — Saudi regulations for the landing of foreign aircraft’ [‎180r] (359/564), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/1947, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100034826205.0x0000a0> [accessed 27 January 2020]

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