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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)' [‎49r] (97/129)

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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W.S.17073
DRAFT LETTER.
To: Secretary to the
government of India,
War Department.
Sir,
i am to in;orm you that H.M.G. propose that part of the
assistance which they wish to give to King Ibn Saud should take the
form of a Military Mission to Saudi Arabia, and to enquire whether the
Gove> nment of India would be willing to provide a proportion of the
personnel for the Mission.
It will be realised that Middle East oil is of considerable
value to India and the importance of Saudi Arabia will increase in
consequence. In which case the Government of India might secure
considerable benefits from representation on the Mission.
ihe proposed organization of this Mission is attached. It is
intended that the Head of the Mission, the G.S.G.l and the Gommandant
of the Officers School should be British, and that the remainder,
consisting of 16 officers and 25 I.O.Rs should be seconded from the
Indian Array.
We are inlorraed that King Ibn Saud wishes a high proportion of
Sunni Moslem personnel to be included in the Mission. It is understood
that it is not the policy to select individual officers by religious
sects, but i^ is requested that so far as possible Sunni Moslem
personnel may be provided in order to facilitate the work o" the Mission,
since such personnel would be "persona grata" with the Saudi Arabians
and he able to visit Holy Rl«ces such as Mecca to do business with the
Minister of Defence should he be detained there.
The Mission is to be paid for by H.M.G. and details regarding
1 rates O; pa^, , terms of service, etc., will be considered when your
i agreement in principle is obtained to the seconding of Indian Army
personnel for this purpose.
It is hoped, that, notwithstanding the impending constitutional
changes in India, the Government of India will agree to be represented
on the Mission and to provide the necessary Sunni Moslem personnel.
An early reply is requested in order that the remaining details
may be considered.

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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)' [‎49r] (97/129), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2164, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100041970672.0x000064> [accessed 17 November 2019]

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