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Coll 6/65 'Relations between Saudi-Arabia and the Yemen.' [‎61r] (121/917)

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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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‘•♦port Ho* $86, par graph S906) ome to th« anaiotanco of
{ml? Ptysca with eight thousand riflara^n, anu has since
been rtwuriaA with a present of twelve th ueand rifle# and
a g >od conduct certifieetc to •Abdullah al ^alr, who, it
is »aid. Is ma&inlng for the pr sent In iludeyda a#
oavemar of that province* here, #fty the pot hcuse
politician#, are all the Mkixig# of an interesting future s
the Tihaoa an erne a camp of hafeie conspicuously
uninaoired with the Taif Treaty apirit of Arab brotherhood,
as far a# their ?ei<31 neiglibour# inland are concerned, arid
an ambitious Governor, with eye# on the throne of the Yemen
and a ©ecret underatafiaing with Ib» Sa*d&, astride the road
from ana*a to the outer world,
4* this is probably epecu'lation of the moat
goeaamer variety but the tfmn-al-^.ura on the 13th July
deniea with pained intHt^mtion a report in the 1 gyptian
yowhab ash harq that the Government of this country are
watching with anxiety the development of affair® in the
icemen and the growing uitoopu parity of the Im&rc Yahya*
m such report, it aver#, could ever have been sent, as
wa® claimed, by the wireleee station at jedda, which, like
all Settdl wir^ less stations, is only used for internal
esMixi tea 11 one,
5* The aut-al-i ejae of the 23rd July contained an
article reporting the appointment of a isumber of Yemeni
repr^sentettvee abroad, notably to gypt, Syria, ‘Iraq and
Turkey, and of Turkish and Japanese representatives to the
Yemen. The report i# interesting but I am unable to
nxioh for its accuracy# I am, however elreulating
copies of the article to paetv omeemed by asperate

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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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