Coll 6/21(2) 'Saudi Arabia: Relations with H.M.G.: Saudi Legation in London and British Minister in Jeddah. Prolongation of Treaty of Jedda.' [26r] (51/761)
The record is made up of 1 file (379 folios). It was created in 14 Jan 1935-12 Apr 1947. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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[This Document is the Property of His Britannic Majesty’s Government,^ andTshdilld be
kept under Lock and Key.] ^
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[This telegrean 'is of particular secrecy and snoSidPbe
retained by the authorised recipient and not passed on]
WAR CABI JET DISTRIBUTION.
TO S^.IIDI ARABIA,
FROM FOREIGN OFFICE TQ JEDDA,
9th February, 1942. D: 3. 20 p.m. 9th February,1942.
Repeated to Bagdad telegram No. 156
Government of India No. 2460
Cairo for Minister of State No. 57
Jerusalem No. 150,
P P P P'P P.
Bagdad telegram .No, 118 [of jehruary 3rd.
Proposed declaration of war byTraq and Saudi Arabia],
You are now authorised to make necessary arrangements
to be received by Ibn Saud, and to approach him regarding
his willingness to declare, a state of war against the Axis.
I leave it to you to decide whether de Gaury should
precede you, as suggested in Minister of State’s telegram
Y° u February 5th] or v/hether you shouldtraveT -
2. I feel strongly that, when suggestion is made
to Ibn Saud as regards his possible entry into the war, it
should be put to him as one onanating from His Majesty's
Government, and not as a proposal advanced by General Nuri,
It is true that we have no evidence that Ibn Saud is likely
to be willing to declare a state of war and that, in spite
of impression received by de Gaury during his past visits
to Riyadh, Ibn-Saud may well be found reluctant to abandon
his neutrality. However this may be, I feel sure that, in
view of the low opinion which Ibn Saud is known to have of
General Nuri's judgment, it would be far better to approach
Ibn Saud with our own proposals and on our own initiative,
rather than merely convey to him General Nuri's ideas. In
point of fact, His Majesty's Government were considering
proposed approach to Ibn Saud before General Nuri put forward
nis proposals to Sir K, Cornwallis. '
3, You should therefore remind Ibn Saud that during
the past few weeks there have been important world developments
which have caused many neutral States to reconsider their
attitude towards the war. The entry of America into the war
marks a new step in the struggle against the forces of evil,
About this item
This file, like the previous volume (IOR/L/PS/12/2087), concerns relations between the British Government and the Government of Saudi Arabia.
The file largely consists of copies of Foreign Office correspondence, mainly between His Majesty's Minister at Jedda (Sir Andrew Ryan, Sir Reader William Bullard, Hugh Stonehewer Bird, and Stanley R Jordan successively) and officials of the Foreign Office. Other prominent correspondents include the following: the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; His Majesty's Chargé d’Affaires to Jedda (Albert Spencer Calvert, succeeded by Alan Charles Trott); His Majesty's Ambassador in Baghdad (Sir Kinahan Cornwallis); Ibn Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd]; Amir Faisal [Fayṣal bin ‘Abd al-‘Azīz Āl Sa‘ūd], Minister of Foreign Affairs for Saudi Arabia; officials of the Colonial Office and the War Office.
The correspondence documents the progression of negotiations for a general settlement between the two governments, which would result in the initial prolongation of the validity of the Treaty of Jedda (the treaty signed between Britain and Ibn Saud in 1927, which initially expired in September 1934) for a period of seven years from 1936 (and for another seven years from 1943).
In addition to discussing matters relating to the proposed general settlement (e.g. the eastern and south-eastern boundaries of Saudi Arabia, slavery regulations, arms traffic, and Saudi debts), the correspondence also documents various visits and meetings, including the following:
- The visit of Amir Saud [Āl Sa‘ūd, Sa‘ūd bin ‘Abd al-‘Azīz, heir apparent of Ibn Saud] to Britain (17 June-1 July 1935), accompanied by Fuad Bey Hamza, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs for Saudi Arabia.
- Further meetings at the Foreign Office between Fuad Bey Hamza, Hafiz Wahba (Saudi Minister in London), Sir Andrew Ryan, George William Rendel (Head of the Foreign Office's Eastern Department), and other Foreign Office officials, in July 1935, following on from meetings in September 1934.
- Sir Andrew Ryan's meetings with Ibn Saud in Riyadh in December 1935 and in Jedda in February 1936.
- Four interviews held between Ibn Saud, Sir Reader William Bullard and George William Rendel, in Jedda, during March 1937.
Also discussed are matters relating to the Second World War, including:
- An exchange of letters between Ibn Saud and the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, in early 1939, which principally relate to Ibn Saud's concerns regarding his country's security in the event of the beginning of general hostilities.
- German radio broadcasts in Jedda during the first few weeks of the Second World War and their possible effect on the Jedda population.
- The possibility of Iraq and Saudi Arabia formally joining the Allies in the Second World War.
In addition to correspondence the file includes the following: a copy of a programme for Amir Saud's visit to Britain (ff 339-348); exchanges of notes (in English and Arabic) between the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the British Legation at Jedda, confirming the prolongation of the Treaty of Jedda, dated 1936 and 1943 respectively (ff 189-192 and ff 4-5); a sketch map showing air routes over Saudi Arabia and Iraq (f 31v).
Although the material in this file falls inside the date range of 1935-1943, the final document in the file does include an additional date stamp which is marked '12 April 1947'.
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.
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- 1 file (379 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 commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 380; 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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