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Coll 6/1 'Hejaz-Nejd: Franco-Hejaz-Nejd Treaty and Relations Hejaz-Syria Treaty.' [‎51r] (101/110)

The record is made up of 1 file (53 folios). It was created in 18 Feb 1926-16 Dec 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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No. 2034/478/34
(B. 5117/5117/91)
September 9, 1930.
Dear Rendel,
Puad told me in confidence on August 31 that both
the French and Italian treaties with Ibn Sa T ud are held up
over the question of slaves.
They want an article similar to our" article 7 and
a similar exchange of notes covering manumission.
Ibn Sa T ud, holding that that article and exchange of
notes were part of the price paid to us for his freedom,
flatly refuses to concede similar terms to France and
Fuad described the present position as a deadlock.
Yours sincerely,
C. Cr. Hope-Gill.
x Treat of Jedda of 20th May 1927 and notes attached
G. V/ . Rendel, Esq.

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This file primarily concerns relations between France and the Hejaz-Nejd (later Saudi Arabian) Government.

The beginning of the file relates to treaty negotiations between France and Ibn Saud's [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd's] Hejaz-Nejd Government, as well as negotiations between the Hejaz-Nejd Government and the French mandated territories in Syria. It contains copies of letters (forwarded by the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the Under-Secretary of State for India) to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from British diplomatic officials reporting on events and on meetings with their French counterparts. The file includes the following:

  • Reports of a proposed appointment of a French representative at the court of Ibn Saud.
  • Reports on the progression of the treaty negotiations.
  • Reports on the contents of the signed treaties (referred to in the correspondence as the Franco-Hejazi Treaty and the Syro-Hejazi Agreement respectively) and of how they compare with the Treaty of Jedda of 1927 [the most recent treaty between Ibn Saud and the United Kingdom].
  • Copies of the agreements (in French).
  • Reports of the raising of the French Consulate at Jedda to the status of a Legation.

The principal correspondents are His Majesty's Chargé d’Affaires, Jedda (Cecil Gervase Hope Gill, succeeded by Albert Spencer Calvert), and the British Minister at Jedda, Andrew Ryan. The French material in this file consists of the aforementioned agreements and accompanying correspondence.

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

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1 file (53 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 55; 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.

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Coll 6/1 'Hejaz-Nejd: Franco-Hejaz-Nejd Treaty and Relations Hejaz-Syria Treaty.' [‎51r] (101/110), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2061, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 12 November 2019]

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