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Coll 6/65 'Relations between Saudi-Arabia and the Yemen.' [‎100r] (199/917)

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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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X ao.l to S.O.H.S.S. MQ.7A/19/E of l>t JttlJ. 1984.
at Hoaelda*
16th June, 1934.
Pear captain Aeii t
You ara aware, of course, of the Imam 1 a wiah that no
flag other than his own shall toe flown in any Yemeni town, and
it has occurred to me that the Italian flag, flying as it does
in such a prominent position in Mode Ida, may give riae to an
awkward situation when the Yemeni authorities finally take over
the town* This, of course, we tooth want to avoid*
I therefore auggeat, in the moot friendly way, that it
might now toe advlsatole, as an act of grace, no longer to fly your
flag ashore, rather than toe faced with a demand for its removal
when the Yemeni author it lea take over*
You will, I know, accept my assurance that I have no
desire to interfere with the conduct of your affairs, tout this la
a matter which directly concerns ua all.
I assume that we all want to leave Hodtida as soon as wa
are satisfied as to the complete safety of our subjects and their
belongings, and any act which may tend to delay us should therefore
be studiously avoided. As you know, in spite of the greatly
preponderating British interests here, wa fly no flag ashore for
the reasons already mentioned. The Captain of the "YPKES* ie
prepared to instruct his representative ashore, who sometimes flies
a flag, to conform, and Messrs. Gellatly Hankey have agreed to co
operate and will ho longer fly their house flag.
I would only add that private enquiries from Sanaa have
already $*en made on behalf of the Imam as to whether any foreign
flag is flying in Hodelda.
Believe me to remain.
Yours sincerely.
M. Asti,

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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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