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Coll 6/7(3) 'The Yemen: Relations between H.M.G. and the Imam.' [‎73r] (156/750)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (371 folios). It was created in 13 Sep 1933-22 Feb 1934. 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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take place between them before the expiry of tile period
of the present treaty.” This was in substitution for the
phrase ’’southern Yemen territories” which had been
proposed by the Imam. The objections to that phrase are
developed in Mr. Rendel's remarks on pages 4 and 5 of the
Minutes of the Middle East Committee of 7th torch 1933, on
P.Z.1482/33, flagged. The Imam, in the counter-draft
which he submitted in June 1933, amended the opening
paragraph of Article 3 to read ’’The settlement of the
question of the southern frontier is deferred pending the
conclusion of the negotiations, etc.”, explaining that he
considered the phrase "of the territories of His Majesty
the King of the Yemen" to be superfluous and unnecessary
"because this treaty that is being concluded basically
concerns the territories of the Yemen. The text of the
treaty has no concern with other than the Yemen and Great
Britain." The Middle East Committee, however, held to the
view that the Imam should be required to accept our
wording.
5. It is primarily for the Foreign Office and the
Colonial Office to- advise on this matter, but our
concurrence will also be required in any instructions to
be sent. The Resident is clearly rather inclined to
accept the words "southern frontier of the Yemen" now
proposed by the Imam, his reasons being that the article
as drafted makes it clear that the land boundary with the
Aden Protectorate is meant and that, as he explained in
1931, the term "Yemen" while in the geographical sense
it is widely accepted as comprising the whole of ttre
south-western Arabia, in the restricted or political sense
can be regarded "as applying only to the actual territory
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This volume concerns relations between the British Government and Imam Yehia bin Muhammad Hamid Uddin [Yaḥyá Muḥammad Ḥamīd al-Dīn, Imam of Yemen]. Much of the correspondence discusses the progress of treaty negotiations between the British Government and the Imam (a treaty was eventually signed on 11 February 1934). The principal correspondents are the Secretary of State for the Colonies (Philip Cunliffe-Lister), 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 – also referred to as the Chief Commissioner at Aden – and, in Reilly's absence, the Acting 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. , Reginald Stuart Champion), the British Ambassador to Italy (Ronald William Graham, succeeded by Sir James Eric Drummond), His Majesty's Chargé d’Affaires at Jedda (Albert Spencer Calvert), the Imam of Yemen, and various officials of 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 Colonial Office, and the Foreign Office.

Matters discussed in the correspondence include:

  • Whether the Government of India should be included as a signatory of the proposed treaty.
  • Reports of Yemeni incursions (referred to as 'tax raids' – armed incursions made with a view to collecting taxes on behalf of the Imam) into the Subeihi district of the Aden Protectorate.
  • An ultimatum, issued by the British Government to the Imam, requesting the withdrawal of forces and the return of hostages, with a threat of aerial bombardment in the event of the Imam's non-compliance.
  • Concerns that any action taken by the British against the Imam might be interpreted both by Italy and by Saudi Arabia as encouraging Ibn Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] in his dispute with the Imam.
  • Details of the precise terms of the proposed treaty, and of 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. 's mission to San'a for the resumption of treaty negotiations with the Imam.
  • The British precondition that, prior to the treaty being signed, the Imam must remove all restrictions on overland trade between Yemen and the Aden Protectorate, as well as surrender the territories and subjects of those chiefs who are in treaty relations with the British.
  • Arrangements for the ratification of the treaty.
  • An enquiry from the Anti-Slavery and Aborigines Protection Society, regarding whether the proposed treaty will include an article committing the Imam to taking action against slavery.

In addition to correspondence, the volume includes the following:

The French material in this volume consists of one telegram. All of the material in this volume covers the period 1933-1934, with the exception of the aforementioned map of the Aden Protectorate, which is dated 1930.

The volume includes two dividers which give a list of correspondence references contained in the volume by year. These are placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (371 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 367; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located at the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the four leading and ending flyleaves.

An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 49-367; these numbers are also written in pencil and are circled, but are crossed through.

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