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Coll 6/72 'Saudi Arabia: Relations with the Yemen. Delimitation of the Saudi-Yemeni Frontier.' [‎11r] (21/50)

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 5828/79/25)
No. 2355/209/27.
/ ' :;
British Legation,
11th August, 1934.
Dear Eastern Department,
Many thanks for your letter No. E 4151/79/25 of
the 5th July last, relative to our sketch-map of the Saudi-
Yemeni frontier.
information contained in Article 4 of the Treaty of Taif, and
in conjunction with the Ordnance Survey map of South West
Arabia, 1916, sheet 3, scale 1 : 253, hut unfortunately with
meagre results. As we stated in our despatch No. 240 of the
30th July, the article is, to the individual unacquainted with
the terrain, an almost unintelligible string of place and tribal
(a) A1 Musim, given in our sketch as ?Muwassim, and its
position north of the point where the frontier meets the
coast. We are unable to identify this place on the map
(though we see a place Al Washim at the mouth of the Wadi
Ta'ashar, but that scarcely seems an incorrect rendering
of Al M&sim), and so cannot say how far north of the
frontier it lies.
(b) Wa’alan, on the Saudi side of the frontier. It is both
mentioned in Article 4 and shown on the Ordnance Survey
Map, so may as well go into our sketch.
(c) The two tribal names of Bil Harth and Abadil, shown in
our sketch as lying wholly on the Saudi side of the
frontier are both, according to Article 4, partly in the
We have again studied the sketch in the light of the
The results, however, relate chiefly to:-
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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