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Coll 6/72 'Saudi Arabia: Relations with the Yemen. Delimitation of the Saudi-Yemeni Frontier.' [‎16r] (31/50)

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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P.Z. 6623 7 34.
■Extract from the Treaty of Taif.
The frontier line which divides the countries of the
two high contracting parties is explained in sufficient
detail hereunder. This line is considered as a fixed
dividing boundary between the territories subject to each.
The frontier line between the two kingdoms begins at
a point half way between Medi and A1 Musim on the coast of
the Red ^ea, and (runs) up to the mountains of the Tihama in
an easterly direction. It then turns northwards until it ends
on the north-west boundary between the Beni Jama’a and (the
tribes) adjacent to them on the north and west. It then bends
east until it ends at a point between the limits of baqa’a
and Wa’ar, which belong to the Waila tribe, and the limits of
the Yam. It then bends until it reaches the pass of Marwan
and Aqaba Rifada. It then bends eastwards until it ends, on
the east, on the edge of the boundary between those of the
Hsmdan-bin-Zaid, Waila, &c., who are outside Yam, and Yam.
Everything on the right hand side of the above-mentioned line,
which runs from the point mentioned on the sea shore up to
the end of the borders on all sides of the mountains
mentioned, shall belong to the Yemen, and everything on the
left of the above-mentioned line shall belong to the Saudi
Arab Kingdom. On the Yemen side are Medi, Haradh, part of
the Harth tribe, Mir, the Dhahir Mountains, Shada, Bhay’a,
part of the Abadil, all the country and the mountains of
Razih, Manbah, with Arwa-al-Amshaykk, all the country and the
mountains of Beni Jama’a, Sahar-ash-Sham, Yabad and its
neighbourhood, the Maraisagha area of the Sahar-ash-Sham, the
whole of Sahar, JNaqa’a, Wa’ar, the whole of Waila, and also
Ear with Aqabat Bahuqa, the whole of Hamdam-bin-Zaid, which
is outside Yam and Wad’a Dhahran. These mentioned, and

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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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Coll 6/72 'Saudi Arabia: Relations with the Yemen. Delimitation of the Saudi-Yemeni Frontier.' [‎16r] (31/50), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2145, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 14 November 2019]

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