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Coll 6/52 'Saudi Arabia: Anti-Saudi activities of Sayed Mohamed Tahir al Dabbagh' [‎115r] (229/321)

The record is made up of 1 file (159 folios). It was created in 30 Jun 1932-6 Jul 1936. 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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m%h x>efyrence to previo/m oorre?8pon<ienc© warding
entl-Bfmdl intrigues, X have the honour to enclose *n „ccunt
of Andul hooaf bahhnn, one of the moot active of the conspirators.
In spUe of his oatolusion from Ygypt, Palc-otint end
frannjoxtlan as politicGUy umlesirable, there is every reason
t> believe thet vafoben eUU continues hi a intrigues a gal net
the present regime in Saudi Arabia. In connexion with the
efforts which are being made to allay the bus picion of the Saudi
Government that the British authorities in frmsJordan are not
taking apf lie lent ly serious measures to combat rnti-ru»udi
activities there. His .’fcjesty’o Minister at 3am has expressed
the opinion that S abb on should be prevented by all neens
from pursuing his activities wherever British control or
influence can reach him.
3<> X ehsll bo gird, therefore, if, in the event of
hi*; entering T?&q or having already done so, Your* Kxccllcncy
wi?.i take any stops which you may consider appropriate to secure
hio aurveilionce by the Iraqi authorities or, if this be
praotlc^blo, his exclusion from Trnq.
A copy of this despatch is being sent to His sty’s
Minister at Jeddn*
I am, vith great truth and i^espeot,
Your KxccIi cncy’o obodlent nervant„
(?or the '-oerctary of State)
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s Excellency
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Bir "runols Humnhrya, G.O.Tf.G., G.G.V.O.,
tiiic., etc*, otc»,

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This file contains correspondence discussing the reported activities of Sayed Mohamed Tahir al Dabbagh [Sayyid Muḥammad Ṭāhir al-Dabbagh, former Hashimite finance minister in the Hejaz] and other persons referred to as 'anti-Saudi consipirators'. It documents their movements in political exile and their eventual return to Saudi Arabia, following the Saudi Government's granting of a general amnesty to political émigrés in January 1935.

Much of the file's correspondence, which largely consists of copies of letters received by the Foreign Office and the Colonial Office, is concerned with the movements of Mohamed Tahir al Dabbagh and another Saudi political exile, Muhammad Abdulla Ahmed Sadiq [Muḥammad ʿAbdullāh Ahmed Sadiq], during 1933-1934. It reports on the pair's visit to (and subsequent expulsion from) India, and discusses whether the Government of India has powers to prevent the two men from entering foreign countries such as Iraq or Eritrea.

Other notable anti-Saudi figures discussed in the correspondence include Abdul Raouf Sabban [‘Abd al-Ra‘uf al-Sabban], Abdul Hamid al Khatib [‘Abd al-Ḥamīd al-Khaṭīb, former envoy of Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Hāshimī], and Mohamed Tahir al Dabbagh's brother, Husain [Ḥusayn Ṭāhir al-Dabbagh].

The file features the following principal correspondents: His Majesty's Chargé d’Affaires to Jedda (Albert Spencer Calvert); His Majesty's Minister at Jedda (Sir Andrew Ryan); the 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. , and later, Chief Commissioner, Aden (Bernard Rawdon Reilly); the Secretary of State for the Colonies (Philip Cunliffe-Lister); the High Commissioner, Cairo (Percy Loraine, succeeded by Miles Wedderburn Lampson); Sayed Mohamed Tahir al Dabbagh; the Saudi Minister for Foreign Affairs [Fayṣal bin ‘Abd al-‘Azīz Āl Sa‘ūd]; officials of the Foreign Office, the Colonial Office, the 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. , and the Government of India's Foreign and Political Department.

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 (folio 2).

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1 file (159 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 inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 160; 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. Two additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 2-159, and ff 123-149; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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