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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)' [‎56r] (111/129)

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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This message will not be distributed outside British Government Departments
or Headquarters or re-transmitted, even in cipher, without being paraphrased.
(Messages marked O.T.P. need not be paraphrased).
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In continuation of our 90063 (MO 4) of 19 Dec 45*
You will see from Foreign Office telegram No. 301
to JEDDA repeated B.M.E.O. that it has been agreed
in principle that H.M.G. should provide a Military
Mission for SAUDI ARABIA.
W e had hoped G.H.Q. INDIA would be able to provide
a proportion of Sunni Moslem officers and other
ranks to form part of the Mission but we understand
now semi-officially that it is not' anxious to
meet such a request at all. We are howe ver maki ng
an official request to the 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. for sixteen
officers and twenty five other ranks of Sunni Moslems
to be provided vide your SD1 c/ 3M/1829 of 7 March.
We will inform you of the outcome of this mode of
approach.
In the meantime request you send party to JEDDA to
carry out official discussions in conjunction with
H.M. Minister with Saudi Arabians to determine their
needs and as a result confirm or amend the proposal
in your SDic/BM/1829 of 7 March.
In reconsidering strength of Mission the following
factors are relevant
(a) G.H.Q. India are short of officers and may not be
able to provide the full numbers asked for
vide paragraph TV/0.
... (b.)

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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)' [‎56r] (111/129), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2164, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100041970672.0x000072> [accessed 14 November 2019]

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