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Coll 6/72 'Saudi Arabia: Relations with the Yemen. Delimitation of the Saudi-Yemeni Frontier.' [‎6r] (11/50)

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).
December 16, 1935.
Section 1.
[E 7320/135/25]
Mr. Calvert to Sir Samuel Hoare.—{Received December 16.)
(No. 337.)
Sir, ^ j^Tedda, November 26, 1935.
’ WITH reference to my despatch No. 240 of the 30th July, 1934, in which I
transmitted a translation of the Treaty of Taif concluded between Saudi Arabia
and the Yemen, I have the honour to forward herewith the translation of an
announcement, in the Umm-al-Qura of the 22nd November, that in accordance
with article 4 of the treaty, arrangements have now been made for the delimita
tion of the Saudi-Yemen frontier. Two committees or commissions, it will be
seen, have been appointed by the Saudi Arab Government and will work jointly
with similar bodies appointed by the King of the Yemen. It would also appear
that one of these committees has already left for the scene of its labours.
2 . No names have as yet been published here of the numbers of the
commissions, and no information on this subject has, so far, otherwise come to
my notice, but I am instituting enquiries locally.
3. I am sending copies of this despatch and enclosure to the Government of
India, Foreign and Political Department and to Aden.
I have, &c.
Extract from the Umm-al-Qura of November 22, 1935.
Committees for the Delimitation of the Frontiers between the Kingdoms of
Saudi Arabia and the Yemen.
IN accordance with article 4 of the Taif Treaty, in which the frontiers
between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Yemen have been fixed, and the
provision in the last paragraph of the said article that the delimitation of the
frontiers shall be effected on the ground by a committee formed by the two
Governments, communications have recently passed between His Majesty the
King Abdul Aziz and His Majesty the King Yahya for the appointment of a joint
committee from the two parties for the delimitation of the frontier. Iwo
committees have, in fact, been appointed, one of which joint committees will
undertake to fix the frontiers in the Tihama, and the other to fix the frontiers in
the mountains. The first committee met at Jizan, and left for Musim on
Wednesday, and will start with the delimitation and determination of the
frontier on the basis of the terms of article 4. The second committee will meet
at Dhahan (or Dhihan) for the delimitation of the frontiers in the mountains.
The proceedings of the two committees will be carried out for the settlement of
the matter in the spirit of friendship existing between the two kingdoms. Praise
be to God!
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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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