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Coll 6/65 'Relations between Saudi-Arabia and the Yemen.' [‎56r] (111/917)

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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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APPSHPIX NO.S TO S.O.R.S.S. Mo.T a/ 21/10 of lat Amast. 1934
at Aden.
17th July, 1934.
I beg to bring to your notice the following
messages exchanged between ADEN W/T STATION and H.M.S.
"HASTINGS" whilst the latter was at HODEIDA.
g, (a) From "Hastings" to Aden w/T Station on
29th June -
Contents of telegram from Cowasjee, Hodeida to
Cowaajee, Ad«u. (2145).
(b) From "Hastings" to Aden w/T on 30th June -
Pass to Cowasjee, Aden. I am prepared to accept
your reply to Gowasjee, Hodeida* (1020).
(c) From Aden w/T to "Hastings" on 30th June -
Reference private telegram accepted by you for
transmission to Aden from Hodeida. Manager E.T.C*
states this is irregular in view of cable service.
(d) From "Hastings" to Aden w/T on 30th June -
Your 1140. There is at present no cable service.
Italian Warship "A3I0" is accepting commercial traffic.
Cowasjee message was of Importance and affects
evacuation of Hodeida. I sent it by request of Saudi
Government to ensure quick reply. (1759).
(e) From "Hastings" to Aden w/T on 4th July -
My 1759/30. I await Manager E.T.C.’s reply. I do
not want similar situation to ariae again. (2219).
(f) From Aden w/T to "Hastings" on 7th July -
Your 2219/4. Following received from Manager E.T.C.
begins. We will accept traffic from Hodeida via
H.M.S. "Hastings” until we receive a satisfactory
reply re Hodeida route ends. (1650/6).
I desire to offer the following comments
(a) The cable between HOIEim and SANAA had been
cut for weeks, and "A3I0" had been accepting
commercla 1

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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).

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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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