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Coll 6/65 'Relations between Saudi-Arabia and the Yemen.' [‎258r] (515/917)

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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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6« On Saturday 14th the *‘» r *N*«*ntativea of the
HklAL Shipping of laniloa ( fK>«n loeall; aa tha
©«••• »alt#4 OB the Ohl#f OtMiMiMaJP mxA
imfom 4 him that their Agent at HOD XiU antlolpated
that tmair ahlp # the %tor VaasaX * X »4^ ,, would ha
•alsad on h sr arrival them on the following day«
It appear* that In January * X HAK* earrlad
Sa’udi tr-op* fr^a to mA^ # tha arrangements
he lug made personally by Monsieur * ASK, the head
In H f who Is raow on laava in PhlUOBe This inaldont
had ooaie to tha ears of tha **mnl authorities (possibly
through the courtesy of the rival Pina of traders at
m M, heasrs (JOfAdJ , DUSOtAf g hrotharo Hd) f who
regard it «mi *Hing not far removed fro* a hraaofe of
neutrallty f although span hostilities hml not st thst
time oomaanoed«
fha dhisdP OMUtftslomor raooanftended to the
firm that the ship should not be diverted* but that the
loesl Agent and the tt a»t^r should b«* instruoted to give
tha most categories! undertaking that no military s#rrio«s
would Of Ilia be performed for the ^a , »di Oov*n®*i*nt#
Sa udl troops have on other oeeaslons b^en
transported ree-mtly to JIZXH In slips of the
loti Stemsshlp Oowpasyp but as this vim deem not
ordinarily trade south of the line PO.IT mnAM • jr .QOh
it has m part icular reason to cultivate good mist ions
with the ntmmin authorities#
Up to the time of writing* no incident as been
6* It is reported from the 1 It $ that an Italian
steamer tarrying arms and mmamltlon is expeeted at
BOD .‘IDA shortly*
An Italian wireless message* en olalr* has
been intercepted* giving permission to the Resident at
A-SAB to export mul*s to ^ Uk 9 an und^rtakinr, wriish it
is difficult to r^sonelle with the requirements of
strict neutrality*
7* A eefclegrsm of the 13th from the British
Minister* 1 oda states that on that day His' Majesty
TtW 3A 9 Vn received a message from the IMAM requesting
s suspension of hostilities* and addin# that the with*
drawal of the I-imeai troops from H JUkn had been ordered*
The Mng* steo has good souse to mistrust all
promises and offers made by the luaa* replied that
operations leuld sease only eh« the oomplete evacuation
of I ldk» $ the rolmse of SsVii hostages* and the
surrender of tseifbers of the IDilSI family more
aseompllshed fasts*
Triat the

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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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