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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)' [‎39r] (77/129)

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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I hnve discussed the draft letter with Brigadier
Balthcove, end he is of opinion that it would be preferable
for you to write direct to t*.e Foreign Office asking for
the background of this proposal,and for him to receive a
copy of the letter you propose to send with reference to
his letter of the 19 th August. He feels that this will
be a saving o^ time,since if you wro+e to him direct he
would then have to address the Foreign Office. The '»ar
Office feel that, whilst they cannot press G.H.Q. India to
■f'ill the appointments, it would be to India's benefit to
be represented on the Mission.
I agree that it would save time if we now wrote
from this Department to the Foreign Office v/ith a copy
to the V/ar Office, instead of the other way about.
In the light of Mr. Harrison's note below and the
telegrams exchanged with H.M. Minister at Jedda now
added to the file, I submit a draft letter to Mr. Baxter,
Eastern Department, asking for material to enable us to
approach the Government of India to persuade them to
provide Sunni-Moslem officers as part of a British
Military Mission to Saudi Arabia.
29 th August, 1946 .

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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)' [‎39r] (77/129), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2164, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100041970672.0x000050> [accessed 17 November 2019]

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