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The Ambassador in Great Britain ( Dawes ) to the Secretary of State

No. 1832

Sir: Referring to my cablegram No. 107, April 14, 4 p.m.,11 and previous correspondence concerning the question of extending the formal recognition of the United States Government to the Kingdom of the Hedjaz and Nejd and its Dependencies, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of the memorandum handed me this morning by the Minister of the Hedjaz and Nejd in reply to the memorandum [Page 551] given by me to him on March 5, 1931, a copy of which was forwarded with the Embassy’s despatch No. 1808, April 1, 1931.12

Respectfully yours,

For the Ambassador:
Benjamin Thaw, Jr.

First Secretary of Embassy
[Enclosure]

The Minister of the Hejaz and Nejd in Great Britain ( Hafiz Wahba ) to the American Ambassador ( Dawes )

Memorandum

The Minister of the Hedjaz and Nejd has received the reply of his Government to the Memorandum presented to him by His Excellency the American Ambassador in London, on the 6th of March 1931.

The Government of His Majesty King Abdul Azeez Al Saud tender their thanks to the American Government for their readiness to give favourable and sympathetic consideration to the request for the recognition of the Kingdom of the Hedjaz and Nejd, and its Dependencies.

His Majesty’s Government signify their desire to enter with the American Government, into a Treaty of Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation—providing for the most favoured nation treatment as they have done with other powers.

His Majesty’s Government have the honour to inform the American Government that the Hedjaz and Nejd laws, governing the administration of justice in civil, commercial, and criminal cases are The Islamic Laws. In addition, a special council is provided for commercial cases. With regard to cases of Personal Status, non-Moslem foreigners are treated according to special laws in common with other non-Moslem Europeans.

The Minister of the Hedjaz and Nejd would be grateful if His Excellency the American Ambassador would be good enough to convey the above to the American Government.

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