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Coll 6/72 'Saudi Arabia: Relations with the Yemen. Delimitation of the Saudi-Yemeni Frontier.' [‎21r] (41/50)

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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British Legation,
(E 1608/79/25)
No.550/1 /II
1st March, 1954.
Dear Department,
Your letter E 716/79/25 of February Bi
as we intimated in our telegram No. 7 of January 19
and despatch No. 15 of January 23, paragraph 2, we share
your difficulty in determining the position of the Beni
Malik and ’Abadil. We have assumed that the Ahl Faifa
could be identified with the Jebel Faifa, which is shown,
though not necessarily correctly any more than any other
inland point, in the maps.
You have doubtless consulted the Handbook of Arabia
and seen how impossible it is to reconcile the information
given about the two Beni Malik tribes described at Vol.I.pp.430
and 495 with our recent indications. One of these which you
may not have on record is that there is a definite region
called Jebel Beni Malik close to the presumed frontier.
You will by now have received our despatch No. 22 of
January 27 enclosing an account of the Minister's conversation
with Fuad on January 24, in the course of which Fuad
illustrated his remarks by a rough sketch. This was in
itself of toolittle value to send home but Sir Andrew has
now prepared from it and from existing maps the enclosed
sketch. You will realise that it is i^uite conjectural
and is merely intended to give a rough idea of how the land
may lie and how the tribes may be disposed along the frontier.
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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