Coll 6/65 'Relations between Saudi-Arabia and the Yemen.' [350r] (699/917)
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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Record Department (Parliamentary Branch).
Transferred to The Secretary,
EXTRACT FROM THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
DATED Iv<AujuJU 1i 3(7?/ 1934 , PAGE /£2<^.
$£52. Mr. Hall-Caine, To ask thaJaeciict ary of State for Fore ign Affairs, whether he can make
any further statement with regard to the position m ATaEia; and whether he is satisfied
that British interests are adequately protected in the light of recent developments
[ deferred fro m Thursday 31st May till Wednesday 3th June'].
W. T. OTTEW1LL.
1. Mr. HALL-CAINE asked the Secre-
tai’y of State for Foreign Affairs whether
he can make any further statement with
regard to the position in Arabia; and
whether he is satisfied that British in
terests are adequately protected in the
light of recent developments?
Sir J. SIMON: His Majesty’s Minister
at Jedda has reported that terms of peace
between Saudi Arabia and the Yemen
were agreed upon about the 24 th May;
but, as the conditions made by King Ibn
Saud at the time of the suspension of
hostilities had not been fulfilled by the
Imam of the Yemen, King Ibn Saud
. _ B 2
F.B. Form No. 3.
threatened to resume hostilities on the
29 th May. An official Saudi Arabian
communique of that date announced that,
the Imam having reaffii’med his intention
of carrying out the conditions completely,
and having explained the delay which
had occurred, King Ibn Saud had ordered
the prolongation of the truce for some
days. Recent reports from Hodeidah are
to the effect that Yemeni forces have
been concentrating in the mountains to
the east of the town, and that Saudi
forces have been sent out in their direc
tion. An unconfirmed report states that
there has been a clash. On the other
hand, the Imam was reported on the 4 th
June to have handed over to the Saudi
authorities certain members of the Idrisi
family, in fulfilment of part of the terms
of the truce. As regards the second part
of the question, His Majesty’s Minister
at Jedda received on the 29 th May re
newed assurances from the Saudi Govern
ment regarding the safety of British life
and property in the area affected. His
Majesty’s sloop “ Hastings ” is at
Hodeidah and another of His Majesty’s
sloops is in the vicinity. There are also
two Italian warships and, I understand,
one French warship, still at Hodeidah.
I consider no further steps necessary in
the present circumstances to safeguard
British interests, but the situation is
beinn - closely watched.
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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:
- The situation at Hodeidah, as reported by the Commanding Officer of HMS Penzance .
- Arrangements for the simultaneous withdrawal of foreign warships from Hodeidah.
- The progress of Saudi-Yemeni treaty negotiations, and the wording of the resulting Treaty of Taif, concluded between Saudi Arabia and Yemen on 20 May 1934, and ratified on 22 June 1934.
- Costs recovered from the Imam of Yemen [Yaḥyā Muḥammad Ḥamīd al-Dīn] by the British for the internment of Yemeni soldiers in Aden during the Saudi-Yemeni conflict.
- Details of other costs incurred by the British during the Saudi-Yemeni War, as calculated by the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. at Aden [Bernard Rawdon Reilly], and discussion as to whether any part of these expenses should be borne by Government of India revenues.
- The reported presence of members of the Idrisi [al-Idrīsī] family in Mecca.
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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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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