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Coll 6/91(2) 'Saudi Arabia: Policy of H.M.G. Assistance to King Ibn Saud (British Military Mission to Saudi Arabia)' [‎8r] (15/129)

The record is made up of 1 file (63 folios). It was created in Feb 1946-14 Mar 1947. 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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•»ill you please refer to G-eneral 3ugden f s
letter No. 0179/256/110 4 of 1st October 194-6 to
General Llayne regarding the inclusion of Eunni
Moslems from the Indian Army in the British Military
Mission to Saudi Arabia.
f^r You will have seen Jedda telegram No. 29_
to Foreign Office, in which H.M. Minister reports
that King Ibn Baud has st' ted categorically that
he does not want any Indian Moslem element included
in the Mission.
Although we had pressed strongly for the
provision of these personnel, we feel, after
consulting G-in-0 Middle Bast Land Forces, that
under the circumstances we have no alternative
but to say that we do not now want any Indian
Sunni Moslems.
We are most grateful for your great efforts
in this repect on our behalf, and those of the
Government of India, and it only remains for me
to apologise for causing you so much trouble to
no effect. You will I am sure appreciate the
reasons which have made this "volte face" necessary.
I am sending a
G-arran (Foreign Office
E.P. Donaldson, Esq.,
External Affairs Dept.,
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. .
copy of this letter to
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This file concerns arrangements for a military mission to Saudi Arabia, financed by the British Government. The file consists of correspondence between War Office, 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 Government of India officials regarding the War Office's proposal for a proportion of Sunni Moslem [Muslim] officers to be recruited for the mission from the Indian Army, in accordance with the Saudi Government's reported preference for a Sunni Moslem presence among the mission's officers. Other notable correspondents include the Viceroy of India (Archibald Percival Wavell) and the Secretary of State for India (Frederick William Pethick-Lawrence).

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 (63 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 64; 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.

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Coll 6/91(2) 'Saudi Arabia: Policy of H.M.G. Assistance to King Ibn Saud (British Military Mission to Saudi Arabia)' [‎8r] (15/129), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2164, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100041970672.0x000012> [accessed 14 November 2019]

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