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Coll 6/19 'Arabia: (Saudi Arabia) Hejaz-Nejd Annual Report.' [‎8v] (17/540)

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The record is made up of 1 file (268 folios). It was created in 18 Apr 1931-18 May 1945. 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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wireless telegraphy station which was erected in Jedda at the end of the year
for communication with aircraft.
41. Meteorological .—A selected Saudi operator was trained in Iraq by
the Royal Air Force. King Ibn Baud also agreed to operate at Saudi expense
certain meteorological stations which had been established in Saudi Arabia as
a result of the visit of a Royal Air Force meteorological party in 1943.
42. Commercial .—The Basra manager of the Eastern Bank visited Jedda
to discuss with the Saudi Government the opening of branches at Jedda and
A1 Khobar. It was decided, however, to postpone definite proposals and await
the outcome of negotiations between the National City Bank of New York and the
Saudi Government (see paragraph 28). Reference paragraph 25 of report for
1943. The Netherlands Trading Society continued its operations during the
year. It is thought that the necessary gold is imported from Egypt through the
Netherlands Legation.
43. Concessions. —Lieutenant-Colonel de Gaury visited Saudi Arabia at
the end of the year on behalf of a British company in order to negotiate with
the Saudi Government for the grant of a concession to exploit minerals other
than oil. The Government agreed to grant him a preferential position for
one year provided his terms were not less favourable than any others offered
to the Government during that period.

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This file contains copies of annual reports regarding the Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd (later Saudi Arabia) during the years 1930-1938 and 1943-1944.

The reports were produced by the British Minister at Jedda (Sir Andrew Ryan, succeeded by Sir Reader William Bullard) and sent to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (and in the case of these copies, forwarded by the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the Under-Secretary of State for India), with the exception of the reports for 1943 and 1944, which appear to have been produced and sent by His Majesty's Chargé d’Affaires at Jedda, Stanley R Jordan.

The reports covering 1930-1938 discuss the following subjects: foreign relations; internal affairs; financial, economic and commercial affairs; military organisation; aviation; legislation; press; education; the pilgrimage; slavery and the slave trade; naval matters. The reports for 1943 and 1944 are rather less substantial. The 1943 report discusses Arab affairs, Saudi relations with foreign powers, finance, supplies, and the pilgrimage, whilst the 1944 report covers these subjects in addition to the following: the activities of the United States in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East Supply Centre, and the Saudi royal family.

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 (268 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 main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 269; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located at 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 2-12 and ff 45-268; these numbers are also written in pencil but are not circled.

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Coll 6/19 'Arabia: (Saudi Arabia) Hejaz-Nejd Annual Report.' [‎8v] (17/540), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2085, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100036362870.0x000012> [accessed 14 October 2019]

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