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Coll 6/72 'Saudi Arabia: Relations with the Yemen. Delimitation of the Saudi-Yemeni Frontier.' [‎22r] (43/50)

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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It has been necessary for one thing to adopt Fuad’s data,
e.g., he shows the lower arm of his 3 as running east from
the sea but he placed Wa’lan on it, whereas Wa’lan is shown
in Sheet 3 of the 1/253440 map very much further north.
The map indeed puts it still further north than the dotted
line in the sketch, but if full account had been taken
of this the sketch would have become quite impossible.
We enclose a portion of another document, which has
gained in interest since we contented ourselves with
a general account of it in our aespatch No. 186 of June
18 last. This is an extract from the article on ’Asir
in the ’’Umm-al-Qura” of June 9, 1933.
You will observe that the ”Umm-al-Q,ura” article
does not mention the Beni Malik. The explanation almost
certainly is that they and their mountain are just across
the boundary between the Tihama province and ’Asir Surat,
the distinction between which the Saudi Government were very
keen to emphasise at that time.
The Aden telegram to which you refer is doubtless
one which reached us in so corrupt a form on January 31
that we could not decypher the name of the attacking
tribe. If it was Benghazi, they are doubtless identical
with the Bil Ghazi, who have been mentioned on various
occasions, e.g., in the enclosed extract and the communique
enclosed in our despatch No. 71 of March 3, 1933.
The one thing clear is that all these tribes, who
lie on a sort of crescent over against Sa’ada, are
exceedingly marginal and have no loyalty to Ibn Saud.
They have probably very little love of the Imam either
but they seem to cling to the Idrisi. Some or all of
them took part in the 1932 rebellion. It was in the

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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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