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Coll 6/65 'Relations between Saudi-Arabia and the Yemen.' [‎104r] (207/917)

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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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Reference Paper.
Record Department (Parliamentary Branch).
Transferred to Secretary, Political v. ^ - 193 .
Extract from Official Report of the LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY Debates.
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193 , page 5, /$“ - / b.
Indians in certain Parts of Yemen.
19. Mr. M. Maswood Ahmad : (a.) Will Government be pleased
to state how many Indians were in Hodeida, Sanaa and in other parts
oi‘ \ emen in the end of April, 1934 at the time of attack by Saudi army /
(6) Will Government be pleased to state what steps were taken
to save the lives and properties of Indians ?
(c) Will Government be pleased to state briefly the condition in
Yemen ?
Mr. H. A. F. Metcalfe : (a) 300 at Hodeida, five at Sanaa and four
in the Yemeni Part of Luheiya.
(&) With regard to Hodeida the Honourable Member’s attention is
invited to the Press communique on the subject, dated the 14th June, 1934,
a copy of which is laid on the table. No steps were necessary to protect
Indian subjects in other parts of the Yemen.
(c) So far as Government are aware the condition in Yemen is peace
ful, peace ha\ing been concluded between His Majesty Iving Ibn Saud
and the Imam of Yemen.
Press Communique.
Intimation has been received that the merchants of Aden, who have commercial
interests in Hodeida, addressed a letter to the Chief Commissioner, Aden on the
14th -May, 19.14, expressing their gratitude for the arrangements made for the pro
tection of the lives and properties of British subjects at Hodeida during the period
between the Yemeni evacuation and the Sa’udi occupation of that town.
A copy of the letter received follows :
“ After tendering due respects, we beg to submit our thanks to Your Excellencv
for the necessary arrangements you have kindly made for the protection of the lives
of the subjects of the British Government and their properties at Hodeida Had
you not taken interest in making these arrangements, looting and killing would have
taken place in the country. By means of your endeavours, both the British subiecta
and o .her inhabitants there have been saved of looting and killing.
We therefore offer you our sincere thanks for the same. All the Muslims in the
other countries are also thankful to you.
, request you kindly to convey our thanks to the Commander of H. M. S
the inhaWtants r,,the mterest and enerf? - y he has taken in protecting the interests of
A. F. EMME3,
Assistant Secretary to the Government of India.
Foreign and Political Department,
Simla ;
The 14th June, 1934.
For information,
NOTE. A to Department. If the subject-
11 iS req " e6ted that ^“-yberet-ed

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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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