890f.01/34a: Telegram

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

113. Your despatch 1832, April 14. Please inform the Hejazi Minister that the United States extends full recognition to the Government of His Majesty King Ibn Saud of the Hejaz and Nejd and its Dependencies [Page 552] and request him to be good enough to communicate the fact to the Foreign Office at Mecca.

At the same time state that pending an opportunity for the negotiation of a formal treaty of commerce and navigation, this Government would be glad to enter into an exchange of notes with his Government providing for reciprocal unconditional most-favored-nation treatment in such matters. If the Hejazi Government is prepared to proceed to such an exchange of notes full instructions will be sent to you at an early date in order that the notes may be exchanged in London.

The Department will issue a statement to the press regarding the recognition of the Hejaz for publication in the morning papers of May 4th. Please so inform the Hejazi Minister in order that he may advise his Government of American recognition prior to that date.