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Coll 6/7(1) 'The Yemen: Relations between H.M.G. and the Imam.' [‎9r] (28/782)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (387 folios). It was created in Jan 1906-16 Jun 1932. It was written in English and French. 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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His Highness Imam Yahya. ,b3ja Jilhhaiamad Hamid Uddin
SANA*.
Your Highness,
I have the honour to refer to my letter Ho, 5£5
of the 17th October, 1931, on the subject of the ^
conclusion of Treaty relations between Your Highness and '
Eis Majesty f s Government, and to state that I have now
received His Majesty 5 s Governments reply to my communi
cation of Your Highness f s proposed draft to them* His
Majesty 1 s Government welcome Your Highness 7 s proposal, and
instruct me to inform you that they consider that Your
Highness f s draft provides a suitable foundation for treaty
negotiations, subject to certain modifications which are
embodied in a revised draft which I enclose for your I
information, with a brief explanatory note-
2 * Your Highness will observe that His Majesty 1 s
Government are willing to re-open negotiations on the
basis of terms which are in form and substance similar to
those embodied in Your Highness r s draft, but I am at the
same time instructed to point out to Your Highness that
certain territories and subjects of Chiefs with whom
they are in Treaty relations are still held by Your
Highness, I refer especially to the territories of the
Amir of DKALA 1 in the vicinity of SAHAH, to the
territories of the AUDHALI Sultan at ADH HHAHSR, and to
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the subjects of the latter Chief who are hostages under
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Your Highness f s hand, about whom I have already addressed i
Your Highness.
3- I am instructed by His Majesty’s Government to j
explain that they regard it as an essential preliminary
condition to the signature of the proposed treaty that
these

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This volume concerns relations between the British Government and Imam Yehia bin Muhammad Hamid Uddin [Yaḥyá Muḥammad Ḥamīd al-Dīn, Imam of Yemen]. It largely consists of correspondence between 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. at Aden (Sir George Stewart Symes, succeeded by Bernard Rawdon Reilly) and officials of 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. , the Colonial Office and the Foreign Office. Also included are copies of correspondence between 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. and the Imam.

The correspondence includes the following subject matter:

  • The Imam's wish to conclude a treaty between Yemen and Britain, and British objections to some of the Imam's terms for a proposed treaty, such as the Imam's demand for the recognition of his sovereignty over the tribes of the Aden Protectorate.
  • The Imam's refusal to accept the boundaries of the Aden Protectorate, as laid down between Britain and the Ottoman Empire before the First World War.
  • The possibility of sending a British official representative to visit the Imam, with the objective of establishing a 'clearer understanding of each other's policy and aims'.
  • Discussion as to how the British should respond to reports that the Imam's troops have occupied Al 'Ain [Am ‘Ayn] (a group of villages in the Wadi Beihan [Wādī Bayḩān] region, deemed by the British to be part of the Aden Protectorate), with a threat of aerial bombardment being among the considered options.
  • Discussion of matters that the British may wish to raise in treaty negotiations with the Imam, including the evacuation of the Imam's troops from the districts of Audhali and Sanah [Sanāh, near Qa‘ţabah], and the Sultan of Upper Yafa's claim to Rube'aten.

Also included in the volume are the following:

The French material in the volume consists of one letter. Most of the material in this volume covers the period 1931-1932; however, the volume also includes several maps dating from an earlier period, of which the earliest is dated 1906.

The volume includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the volume by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (387 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence for this volume commences at the first folio with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 383; 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. The front and back covers, along with the two leading and two ending flyleaves have not been foliated. A previous foliation sequence, which is present between ff 253-382 and is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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