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Coll 6/72 'Saudi Arabia: Relations with the Yemen. Delimitation of the Saudi-Yemeni Frontier.' [‎8r] (15/50)

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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(E 4151/79/25)
No. 1742/209/19)
British Legation,
12th June 1934.
Dear Department, ^4^3
We sent you in our letter No. 550/18/11 of* March 1st,
a highly conjectural sketch map attempting to show the possible
lie of the de facto frontier between Saudi Arabia and the Yemen
and the approximate location of the tribes in the high mountain
area, which has figured so largely in recent quarrels. The
map was produced very hurriedly from a rough sketch which the
Minister had made out and, after the bag had gone, it was found
that certain slight mistakes had been made in the process of
reproduction. The subsequent rush made it impossible to
straighten out the mistakes, which were not very important in
view of the conjectural nature of the whole thing.
On June 5 the Minister showed his sketch to Fuad,
whose previous information was given extempore and may have
been misunderstood. In any case he has since picked up
additional facts. We now enclose a further sketch, which,
though still largely guesswork, is a better attempt to combine
certain indications in existing maps with Fuad’s data. It is
on the scale originally used by the Minister, 1 inch equals 12
miles and the outlines of the corresponding 1/253,440 sheets of
South West Arabia are shown with approximate accuracy, though
these go a bit wrong owing to the curvature of the earth and
defects of instruments. The main differences are as follows:
(a) Fuad is positive that the frontier runs at first
Eastern Department,
Foreign Office.

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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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