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Coll 6/50 'Saudi Arabia: Saudi Relations with the Soviet.' [‎45r] (89/100)

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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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I HAVE the honour to report that the Emir Feisal, accompanied by his
suite, arrived in Moscow from Warsaw on the 29th May. He was met at the
frontier by officials of the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs and was
greeted by brass bands which, according to the press, ‘ c played the Internationale
and various Arabian airs.” On his arrival in Moscow, where the station was
decorated with bunting inscribed with Arabic expressions of welcome, the Emir
was received by Comrade Krestinski among other officials, and by the Persian
2. The Emir’s visit followed the usual programme provided for State
guests considered to belong to the second category of importance. He was received
by Kalinin, the president of the Central Executive Committee, on the day of
his arrival and a dinner and reception in his honour were given by the Deputy
Commissar for Foreign Affairs in the evening. Members of the Diplomatic
Corps were invited to the reception. Before leaving for Leningrad on the
2nd June, the Emir met Comrades Molotov and Kuibyshev among other Soviet
notables, while the visits paid by him included an inspection of the “ October ”
military camp, and of an aeroplane factory in Moscow. The Emir and his suite
returned to Moscow on the 5th June and left in the evening for Constantinople,
whither he was accompanied by the head of the Protocol Department of the
Commissariat for Foreign Affairs.
3. The speeches which were made during the visit appear to have been
confined to an exchange of the usual courtesies. No great prominence has been
given to the visit in the press. On the day of his arrival, however, the
Vc Izvestiya ” published a leading article summarising the post-war history of
Hejaz and Nejd, and in particular their relations with the U.S.S.R. This article
was an unembroidered account of facts unaccompanied by socialistic ideology,
and emphasised that the Soviet Union was the first Power to recognise the
Government of Ibn Sand.
EASTERN (Arabia).
June 33, 1932.
’ o
Section 1.
[E 2886/1494/25]
No. 1.
Sir E. Ovey to Sir John Simon.—{Received June 13.)
(No. 299.)
Moscow, June 6, 1932.
I have, &c.
[489' n.—1]

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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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