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Coll 6/72 'Saudi Arabia: Relations with the Yemen. Delimitation of the Saudi-Yemeni Frontier.' [‎4r] (7/50)

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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WITH reference to my despatch No. 52 of the 26th February, I have the
honour to state that Fuad Bey Hamza told me on the 26th February that the recent
delimitation of the Saudi-Yemen frontier had been effected in respect of the whole
boundary described in article 4 of the Treaty of Taif of 1934, including the
boundary of Najran. The commissions, he said, had not worked further to
the east.
2. Talaat Wafa, the Saudi commissioner mentioned in my despatch under
reference, is now back in Mecca and has given my Indian vice-consul some
interesting particulars of his impressions. He had been employed on a
commission of reorganisation in Najran and Asir before serving on the
Delimitation Commission. He gave a glowing account of the fertility of Najran,
saying that he had ridden for a full half-day on camel back through long lines of
palm trees. He deplored, however, the sloth of the local inhabitants.
3. Talaat Wafa described the state of the area as peaceful, but said that
the commissioners had encountered much difficulty in settling claims and counter
claims between the inhabitants of the frontier district. He showed to
Khan Bahadur Ihsanullah maps indicating the boundary, but was not parting
with any of them.
4. It may be of interest to add that Talaat Wafa, who had taken numerous
photographs, showed the vice-consul one of a brass lion, said to date from the
EASTERN (Arabia).
March 21, 1936.
Section 2 .
[E 1530/1529/25J
(No. 53.)
Sir A. Ryan to Mr. Eden.—(Received March 21.)
Jedda, February 27, 1936.
time of the Roman invasion of Najran. He said that excavations were being-
carried on with a view to the discovery of objects of historical interest.
5. I am sending copies of this despatch to the Government of India
and Aden.
I have, &c.
[656 x—2]

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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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