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Coll 6/72 'Saudi Arabia: Relations with the Yemen. Delimitation of the Saudi-Yemeni Frontier.' [‎3r] (5/50)

The record is made up of 1 file (23 folios). It was created in 1 Mar 1934-15 Apr 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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EASTERN (Arabia).
March 21, 1936.
Section 1.
[E 1529/1529/25]
(No. 52.)
Si?' A. Ryrm to Mr. Eden.—(Received March 21.)
Jedda, February 26, 1936.
WITH reference to Mr. Calvert’s despatch No. 337 o f the 26th November,
I have the honour to state that the Mecca newspaper Umm-al-Q.ura announced on
the 21 st February the completion of the work of the commissions appointed for
the delimitation of the Saudi-Yemen frontier in pursuance of article 4 of the
Treaty of Taif of May 1934. The announcement is in the form of a news item,
but is doubtless inspired by the Government. As it refers both to the Tihama and
the mountains, it presumably relates to both pairs of commissions, each of which
was described as a joint Saudi-Yemeni commission in the enclosure in
Mr. Calvert’s despatch.
2 . After Mr. Calvert’s despatch was written, the Legation had heard
nothing about the delimitation in the Tihama. As regards the inland area, you
will have seen by paragraph 393 of the Jedda report for December that two Saiidi
commissioners, Sheikh Muhammad Suleyman, who is related to the Minister of
Finance, and an officer named Talaat Wafa, were believed to have been in Najran
on the 27th December. My Indian vice-consul, who is a friend of Talaat Wafa,
subsequently received a letter from him dated from Dhahran on the
17th December. It would therefore appear that the commissioners inland worked
both in the mountains and in Najran, but no separate reference is made to the
latter area in the recent announcement in the Umrn-al-Qura.
3. The recent announcement states that the delimitation was effected in the
most friendly manner, and that no disputes arose. It adds that the members of
the commissions have now returned and submitted the result of their labours to
their Governments, who have approved of the delimitation agreed upon by the
4. I hope for an opportunity of obtaining confirmation and any further
information from Fuad Bey Hamza, but, as this may not arise until after the
approaching Moslem festival, which should end on the 7th March, I prefer not to
delay this report.
5. I am sending copies of this despatch to the Government of India
and Aden.
I have, &c.

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This file primarily concerns the delimitation of the Saudi-Yemeni frontier, following the conclusion of the Treaty of Taif in 1934. It includes discussion of the following: the geographical position of the Beni Malik [Bani Malik], Abadil [ʿAbādil] and Ahl Faifa [Ahl Fayfa] tribes; amendments to a pre-existing sketch map of the frontier; arrangements made by both parties of the treaty for the delimitation of the frontier.

Correspondents include the following: His Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires, Jedda (Albert Spencer Calvert); His Majesty's Minister, Jedda (Sir Andrew Ryan); officials of the Foreign Office and the British Legation at Jedda.

In addition to correspondence, the file includes a copy of the aforementioned sketch map (enclosed in an envelope), and a copy of a translation of an extract from the Treaty of Taif.

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 (23 folios)

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 inside back cover with 25; 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 1-24; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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