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Coll 6/65 'Relations between Saudi-Arabia and the Yemen.' [‎390r] (779/917)

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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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he ia«y Ihi oretftoarne hy youniser «y^ hotter eplrlte.
4» Vhe nee Italian Char*^6 d'i^aieee path hie iiret
vieit to Ftteil day on April &£« They had not prenouely
Xnawi each other except tor a Meeting in Huaeia In 1932,
nor hoee M# , ereleo yet know nuch of Arabia* I have
reported in ay teleg ram Ho#tfe of April g7 that he made
eocae aort of a coja^iinication to ;«ued ey# urging peace#
It woo after this that the Italian Government wrote the
very urgent note euanarieed in Sir I# ^numaosui*a telegram
J?ewliD of April gv# I have aeprecated any action on their
auggcatlon that die Bajeety f a Oovernment ehould put preeeure
on Ibn Bm'&iX to mwpend hoetilltiee# At the moment »e and
they are no acre then fliee on two cogged wheels that have
got heavily engaged# vhe op ^ortaniiy may oome later f if
the Iia&a should react to the < audi onset lees feebly than
he has so far done#
&# r fhe Arab mediators arc still in Sieoesa l‘be list
^ivea in my telegram l^o#&8 of April 16 was correct# the
aucVwfuw w». • <enriwmmiaiiffe
secretary ie *Ali ^ffemii Kushdi of whom X know nothing#
Little has been heard of the mission since it arrived#
k*r#*»hilby told m, when we last met* that they had been
dining out every night but laughed at the idea of their
doing anything# He described then ss having wads of
circular notes* mu as appearing ^uite nappy to stay about
in Aecca and talf so long as the notes held out# lie saw
no indication of any intention on their part to go on to
an* a#
6# i£vea less has been heard here of other would be
amUators, waouc naswa I «•« In the preae ma ia of.lolel
/ «sor r« s poeaenoe

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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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