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Coll 6/65 'Relations between Saudi-Arabia and the Yemen.' [‎75r] (149/917)

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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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Zaid which is outside Y&m and Vad’a Jhahran. These
mentioned, and their territories within their known limits,
and all between the said directions and their vicinities
the names of which are not mentioned and which were actually
subject to or under the control of the Yemeni Kingdom before
the year 1352 are on the Yemeni side and belong to the femen.
On the left side are Musam, wa’ldn, most of the Harth, the
Khuba, the Jabri, most of the 1 Abadil, all Paifa, Beni Kalik,
Beni Harts, the Al Talid, Qahtdn, Dhahrdn, V/ddi’a, all the
Y/adi'a Dhahran, together with the pass of Marw&n, and ’Aqaba
Rif&da, and the area lying beyond on the east and north of
Ydm and Najran, Hadhim, Zur ^ada’ , all the T/aila^^Najran,
and all below ’Aqaba Nuhdqa, up to the edges of Najrdn and
Yam on the east, all these, and their territories within
theirjlimits, and all between the named directions and their
vicinities which have not been mentioned by name and which
were actually subject to or under the control of the Saudi
Arab Kingdom before the year 1352, are on the left of the
said line and belong to the Saudi Arab Kingdom.
Everything mentioned regarding Y&m, Najr&n, Hadan, Zur ¥ad a,
and all the Vaila in Kajran, is in accordance with the
decision (TahKim) of His Majesty the Im&n Yally a to His
Majesty King ’Abdul ’Aziz as regards Y&m and the judgment
(Hukm) of His Majesty King ’Abdul ’Aziz that all of it should
belong to the Saudi Arab Kingdom; and while the Hadaa and
Zur Vad’a and the Vaila in Hajran belong to Vaila, and, except
in so far as has been mentioned, do not come within the Saudi
Arab Kingdom, this shall not prevent them nor their brothers
of Vaila from enjoying mutual relations and intercourse and
the usual and customary co-operation. This line then
extends from the end of the above mentioned limits between
the edges of the Saudi Arab tribes and of those of the MaiJiddm
bin Zaid, and all the Yemeni tribes who are outside Y&m.
All the borders and the Yemeni territories up to the end of
the Yemeni frontier in all directions belong to the Yemeni
/Kingdom ;

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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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