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Coll 6/25 'Hejaz: Relations with Egypt.' [‎11r] (21/259)

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The record is made up of 1 file (127 folios). It was created in 28 Dec 1925-22 Apr 1937. 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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This file primarily concerns relations between the Government of the Hejaz (later Saudi Arabia) and the Government of Egypt. Most of the correspondence is between the High Commissioner at Egypt (George Ambrose Lloyd, Sir Percy Loraine, and Miles Wedderburn Lampson successively) and various Foreign Office officials. Other correspondents include the British Agent and Consul at Jedda (Hugh Stonehewer Bird), His Majesty's Chargé d’Affaires to Jedda (Cecil Gervase Hope Gill), His Majesty's Minister at Jedda (Sir Andrew Ryan, succeeded by Sir Reader William Bullard), and Colonial Office and 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. officials.

Matters discussed in the correspondence include the following:

  • Ibn Saud's [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd's] wish to appoint a representative from the Hejaz in Egypt.
  • Details of two Egyptian missions to the Hejaz during June-July 1928.
  • Discussion as to whether King Fuad of Egypt should be pressed by the British Government to recognise Ibn Saud as King of the Hejaz.
  • The progress of treaty negotiations between Saudi Arabia and Egypt during April-May 1932, and the signing of a treaty of friendship on 7 May 1936, confirming Egypt's recognition of Saudi Arabia.
  • British concerns regarding how a newly formed bloc of independent Arab powers might influence the nationalist aspirations of countries such as Syria and Palestine.

In addition to correspondence the file includes a copy of a decree of promulgation for the aforementioned treaty, together with a copy of the treaty itself. The French material in the file consists of several items of correspondence, newspaper extracts, and the decree and treaty mentioned above.

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 (127 folios)

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 inside back cover with 129; 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 present in parallel between ff 5-127; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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Coll 6/25 'Hejaz: Relations with Egypt.' [‎11r] (21/259), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2092, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 19 November 2019]

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