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Coll 6/10(2) 'Saudi-Arabian Affairs: Financial and Internal situation' [‎12r] (23/54)

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The record is made up of 1 file (25 folios). It was created in 23 Apr 1939-11 Jan 1940. It was written in English. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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connection, it 1» ^ult© certain that the Seudl Oovcmnont
will not ccmfmnmte them* in point of fact, at th© time
when the oo^nssmitiu^waa ifsauoa the V'^loe of the riyaX had
heen fluctuating a little ehove or helow that of the rupee
einoe the outbreak of war*
d* a® four Lerdehip ie aware, the Saudi OoremMnt
have hitherto held to the theory that the h udi riyal waa
on gold, and th&t the fixed rate w&ss twenty to the
sovereign, 'hut they have never a: copied riyuls at twenty in
iNayiw&nt of dues fixed in gold p 0 unda« in fact the riyal has
always fluctuated conai dor ably, and if the new arrangement
link a the riyaX to sterling through the rupee it will have
a good effect hero in helping to stabilise price** It la
hoped that the arrmgefflent will at&ssal&t* buying eepeolally
in India and re^iove the fear that food supplies might run
short* X will watch what of foot the arraagewnt has in
practice >..nd report again*
4* X tm sending eopiec of this deapoteh to ills
jeaty’s ib»inaipnl acret-»ry or .tat* for foreign ffairs
in the bapartmnt of ov*r*ee* Trad* ( fo* 18 - S51/h57/3),
the aecretary to the dovenuaent of India in the xternal
Affair* (K-o* a5J.;/557/*l} t and to the : .onourublo
the .^UUeal real dent in the ieraian Gulf (I'To* 2253/857-5) •
I have the honour to be, with the highest respect,
dy l.ord,
Yom* gordship’ a pioat obedient,
humble servant,
d*

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This file relates to the finances of the Saudi Arabian Government and to the political situation in Saudi Arabia generally. It consists partly of copies of correspondence between 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. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. (Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Trenchard Craven William Fowle, succeeded by Major Charles Geoffrey Prior) and the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain (Hugh Weightman), and partly of copies of correspondence received by the Foreign Office from the British Minister at Jedda (Sir Reader William Bullard), which have been forwarded by the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the Under-Secretary of State for India. Matters discussed in the correspondence include changes to the value of the Saudi riyal, Ibn Saud's [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd's] indebtedness to the Qusaibi [Āl Quṣaybī] family, and concerns held both 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. and by the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. that members of the Qusaibi family could attempt to establish themselves as official representatives of Ibn Saud in Bahrain. The file also includes a short report from the British Minister at Jedda, which discusses the state of affairs in Saudi Arabia generally.

The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (25 folios)
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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 for this description commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 27; 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 present between ff 1-26 and is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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