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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)' [‎45r] (89/129)

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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Military Mission to Saudi Arabia .
As Sir D* Monteath says, a similar proposal
to send a British Military Mission tp Saudi Arabia
ms considered about two years ago,<rt the request
of the foreign Office ^ me asked the Govemaent of
India Aether they could make SuJBii Moslem Officers
available (Ext. 1119/^4) and the Govemaent of India
replied indicating their willingness to do this (G-ovemment
of India telegram No. 3757 of 1st April, 1944-)*
Complications then arose owing to the Americans wishing
to take a hand and the proposal eventually came to
nothing•
In the present instance we have had nothing
officially frcm the Foreign Office on the subject.
I hax>pened, however, to see a casual reference to the
proposal about a month ago and rang up the Foreign
Office to say that if they wanted us to help in getting
the Government of India to release Indian personnel,
tbsy would, no doubt, let us have the background.
The Foreign Office* said that they thought it preferable
to have British personnel rather than Indians and I
did not, of course, pursue the matter.
If we are now to take the matter up with the
Government of India, we must presumably have a request
to do so frcm tbs Foreign Office. The Govertment of
India might think it worth their while to assist
in this matter but if so they will presumably wish to be
formally associated with the Mission. The .Yar Office
argument about Middle East Oil seems a little far
fetched/

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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)' [‎45r] (89/129), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2164, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100041970672.0x00005c> [accessed 17 November 2019]

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