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Coll 6/65 'Relations between Saudi-Arabia and the Yemen.' [‎53r] (105/917)

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The record is made up of 1 file (457 folios). It was created in 30 Apr 1934-27 Jan 1938. 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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28. Heporta from the mainland continued to l>e good:
the last refugees were preparing to leave with their
belongings; tfElSAl and the SAUDI evacuation had been due
to pass GIZAH on 6th July, accompanied as far as MIDI by
the new AMIL of that town. I therefore decided that ray
presence was no longer necessary, and sailed for ADSB
at 0600 on 9th July.
29. I had previously obtained permission fran
ABDULLAH WAZIB to call at HODSim for a few hours after
leaving KAMAKAH* I accordingly anchored there at 1130 on
9th July in order to obtain the latest intelligence.
I sent in a boat for SALKH JAifinSE, who was on the pier
to meet it. He was accompanied by the port Officer, who
came off to wish us, on behalf of the townspeople^ good
luck, a speedy return and a further prolonged stay. This
act was, of course, much appreciated by all concerned and
I replied suitably, but with I fear, mental reservations.
30. SALKH JAJTnffi informed me that everything was
quiet and that he had received nothing but satisfactory
reports. I therefore weighed at 1400 and continued my
passage to A DSN, arriving and securing in No.2 berth at
1700 on 10th July.
31. Official calls were dispensed with, and the
Political Besident invited me to lunch on the following
day (11th July), when I took the opportunity of describing
in rather more detail than is possible by signal, certain
of the events and situations which arose at H0DSIDA.
32. I was informed that Lieutenant colonel Lake,
the political Secretary, would proceed to SANAA to ratify
the treaty recently concluded with the IMAM as soon as the
instrument for ratification had been received from the
Colonial Office. The Resident requested that Lieutenant
Colonel Lake might take passage to H0DEIDA in "HASTINGS’'*
the alternative being a rather undignified arrival in a
small coasting staamer. I considered this proposal most
desirable and reported to Admiralty accordingly (my 1002/
14th July), also requesting early information from the
Colonial Office. This was received later in Admiralty
message 2125/l6th July, and indicated that instrument for
ratification and other documents might be expected to
arrive at ADEN on 19th August.
33. copy of a report to the Chief Commissioner,
on the subject of commercial messages passed by w/T from
and to H0DKTDA during the recent events at that place,
is attached as Appendix 2. The report is self
explanatory. I
I have t he honour t o be,
your obedient Servant,

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This file concerns Saudi-Yemeni relations, beginning with the final weeks of hostilities between the two countries before going on to cover peace negotiations and the reoccupation of Hodeidah (also transliterated as Hodeida) by the Yemeni authorities, following the gradual withdrawal of Saudi troops.

Related matters discussed in the correspondence include the following:

In addition to correspondence the file includes the following:

  • Extracts from Aden, Bahrain, and Kuwait political intelligence summaries.
  • Copies of an English translation of the Treaty of Taif.
  • A copy of an English translation of the Treaty between King Ibn Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] and the Idrisi [Sayyid Muḥammad bin ‘Alī al-Idrīsī], signed on 31 August 1920.
  • Copies of extracts from reports from the Senior Officer of the Red Sea Sloops, as well as copies of reports from the commanding officers of HMS Penzance and HMS Enterprise respectively.

The file features the following principal correspondents: His Majesty's Minister at Jedda (Sir Andrew Ryan, succeeded by Sir Reader William Bullard); His Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires to Jedda (Albert Spencer Calvert); the Secretary of State for the Colonies (Philip Cunliffe-Lister); the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Sir John Simon); the Senior Officer of the Red Sea Sloops; the Commander of HMS Penzance ; His Majesty's Ambassador in Rome (James Eric Drummond); the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Yemen; officials of the Colonial Office, 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 Foreign Office, the Admiralty.

Although the file includes material dating from 1934 to 1938, most of the material dates from 1934. The French material consists of three telegrams addressed to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs by Yemen's Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The file includes two dividers which give a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. These are placed at the back of the correspondence (folios 2-3).

Extent and format
1 file (457 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 inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 458; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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