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Coll 6/50 'Saudi Arabia: Saudi Relations with the Soviet.' [‎6r] (11/100)

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The record is made up of 1 file (48 folios). It was created in 6 Jun 1932-20 Jun 1938. 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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Becyplier. Sir R, Bullard (Jedda).
25th May, 1938
D. 11.45 a.m., 25th May, 1938.
R, 2.00 p.m., 25th May, 1958.
No. 104.
My telegram No. 102.
Amir Feisal asked for my views Nut I thought it better to
say I was reporting to you, though to Governor of Jedda who
brought message I described action of Bovieu Government as a
demonstration which cost them nothing.
By shutting their Legation here, the Soviet Government will
lose nothing whatever except slight propaganda value of their
1. They have no "‘’subjects'’ here and owing to anti-religious
and financial causes they never have any pilgrims.
2. They have collected money the Saudi-Arabian Government
owe them.
5 o Since publication of instructions directed mainly
against Italian propaganda (my despatch No. 8 dated 17th January)
the members of the Soviet Legation have been unable to maintain
their close contact with local people.
4. The Legation has long been little more than a^ transla
tion bureau whence news and opinions collected from Arab news
papers in Near and Middle hast could be sene to Moscow.
I imagine Soviet move has more to do with Spain and the
United Front and so on than with Saudi-Arabia buc these matters
are outside my competence.
Perhaps you will send me views of His Majesty's Government
for communication to Saudi-Arabian Government.
Addressed to Foreign Office No.104 25th May: repeated
Saving to Cairo telegram No. 16, Bagdad telegram No.20, Jerusalem
telegram No.20 and Aden telegram No.3.

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This file concerns relations between the Government of the Hejaz and Nejd (Saudi Arabia from September 1932 onwards) and the Soviet Union. It largely consists of copies of correspondence received by the Foreign Office from His Majesty's Minister at Jedda (Sir Andrew Ryan, succeeded by Sir Reader William Bullard) regarding Saudi-Soviet relations and the activities of Soviet representatives in Saudi Arabia. Other prominent correspondents include His Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires to Jedda (Cecil Gervase Hope Gill), His Majesty's Ambassador in Moscow (Esmond Ovey), and officials of the Foreign Office, 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. , and the Government of India's Foreign and Political Department.

Matters discussed in the correspondence include:

  • The visit of the Hejazi delegation, headed by Emir Feisal [Fayṣal bin ‘Abd al-‘Azīz Āl Sa‘ūd], Foreign Minister for the Kingdom of the Hejaz and Nejd, to Moscow, and later, via Turkey, to Tiflis [Tbilisi] and Baku, in May-June 1932.
  • Soviet trade interests in the Hejaz.
  • Concerns expressed by Sir Andrew Ryan in July 1932 that the Soviet representative in Jedda could seek to consolidate Soviet relations with Ibn Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] and encourage the latter to take a strong line regarding Transjordan.
  • Unconfirmed reports of a Saudi-Soviet trade agreement in early 1933.
  • Notes on the character and previous career in Jedda of the newly appointed (as of January 1936) Soviet minister at Jedda, Kerim Khakimov.
  • News in May 1938 that the Government of the Soviet Union has decided to close its legations in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, reportedly as a gesture of disapproval of the Anglo-Italian Treaty [Anglo-Italian Agreement], but considered by the Foreign Office to be part of a general policy of reducing the number of its foreign contacts.

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 (folio 2).

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1 file (48 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 50; 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 2-49; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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