The Minister in Egypt ( Gunther ) to the Secretary of State

No. 143

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s instruction No. 24 of January 27 [7], 1929, File No. 890f.01/10, in reply to my despatch No. 73 of November 9, 1928,4 enclosing a copy of a communication addressed to the Secretary of State by the Acting Director for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Hejaz and Nejd and its Dependencies, in which the question of the recognition of that Kingdom by the United States was raised. The Legation was directed to seek an early opportunity of conveying under appropriate informal circumstances and orally to the Hedjazian Agent at Cairo the substance of your reply and to request that such reply should be communicated to the appropriate authorities at Mecca.

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In reply I have the honor to report that on this date, under my instructions, the Secretary of the Legation, Mr. Wadsworth, called by appointment on the Hedjazian Agent and communicated to him, in the manner indicated, your message to the Acting Director for Foreign Affairs of King Ibn Saud’s Government.

There was present at the interview Sheik Hafez Wahba, a personal counselor of King Ibn Saud, who has been spending the past month in Cairo. Both Sheik Hafez Wahba and the Hedjazian Agent expressed their appreciation of your cordial and friendly message and, while manifesting some disappointment that it was not more favorable to the expressed desire of their Government, assured Mr. Wadsworth that it would be communicated fully and promptly to their Sovereign.

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I have [etc.]

Franklin Mott Gunther
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