Coll 6/10(2) 'Saudi-Arabian Affairs: Financial and Internal situation' [20r] (39/54)
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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From SAUDI ARABIA.
Telegram (en clair) from Sir R. Bullard (JeddaL^f^
D. 25th April, 1959.
R. 19th may, 1959.
Bo. 5 Saving.
lj y telegram No. 5 Saving dated 15th April 1959
reported the enormous price the Saudi Government were
asking from the Japanese for an oil concession, and in my
letter to Mr. Baxter dated the 16th. April I mentioned their
anxiety that the exploitation of oil in the Kuwait Neutral
Lone should he begun as soon as possible. These facts pointed
to a shortage of money and it is now certain that the Saudi
Government are in great straits for funds. Apart from
advances which they are believed to have taken from C.A.S.O.C
and S.A»McS. they owe the undermentioned sums:
Messrs. Gellatly, Hankey 25,000
Messrs. Zainal Alireza 40,000
Eastern Telegraph Company 7,000
These sums are in addition to a sum of perhaps
£80,000 owing to Sharqieh Limited, most of which is recover
able in the form of half the sums collected as hire of motor
transport. Messrs. Gellatly, Hankey allow the Saudi Government
to get into their debt every year and as a set-off they
retain the quarantine fees of about £2 a head paid by
the pilgrims carried on vessels for which they are the
Jedda agents. This year the pilgrimage was smaller than
was expected, and on the other hand the Saudi orders were
The Saudi Government have more than once got into debt
with the Eastern Telegraph Company to the extent of £2,000
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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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