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Coll 6/71 'The Yemen: Relations with Germany.' [‎8r] (15/52)

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The record is made up of 1 file (24 folios). It was created in 30 Nov 1928-13 Nov 1930. 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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Cfcpy to Jedda
Briti ah Leg?tier., j
> j o 0 J
Acidic Abn'ht '
September 15th f 19 O*
With reference to lay deep^tch Ho* of 9th Jiine laet on
the subject of the visit to be paid to the Yemen by the Gera an
Minister here, I heve the honour to report that the German
Lcgntion Interpreter who aceo&p nied It. j rtifer to Scnaa has
recently returned here with despatches.
Ihe German Charge dVAffairee inforac me that Ur* Prtifer
left teuac without signiiig the Treaty with the Imam* The
negotiations apparently broke down on the two points indicated
in paragraph 5 of my despatch under reference, n mely recognition
of the Yemen’s independence md integrity and of the right of
o. with regard to the first point Dr* Melchers added that
he hac been particularly asked to let me know that in Dr. Prffcfer 1 *
opinion the Imam 1 © insistence on the recogi\ltion of the integrity
of the Kingdom and it© boundaries was principally aimed at Great
Britain, and m he considered that our friendship was more
important to Germany than that of the Yemen, he had maintained
his Government’s refusal to agree to the insertion in the Treaty
of the articles providing for such recognition.
4. I also gather that during Dr. Prefer*s passage
through Men, fox' the purpose of which I had furnished him with
a letter of introduction to the Resident, an incident occurred
with thQ Aden Police who apparently suspected him and his
Interpreter of espionage. Dr* Prefer is said to have the
intention of bringing the matter to the notice of His Majesty*©
Ambassador on arrival at Berlin*
6 .
Lght Honourable
Arthur Henderson M*P*
etc*, etc*,

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This file primarily concerns relations between the Yemen and Germany. The correspondence begins with details of a request received by the German Government from the Imam of Yemen [Yaḥyā Muḥammad Ḥamīd al-Dīn] for recognition and formal relations.

Also discussed is the progress of negotiations for a proposed treaty of friendship and commerce between the German Government and the Imam, as well as a case of mistaken identity, in which a junior Aden police officer is reported to have mistaken the German Minister Dr Prüfer [Curt Max Prüfer] for a German artist named Paul Beer.

The file's principal correspondents are the following: His Majesty's Minister at Addis Ababa (Sidney Barton); the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , Aden (George Stewart Symes); officials of the Foreign Office and the Colonial Office.

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.

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1 file (24 folios)

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 front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 26; 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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