890F.00/84: Telegram

The Chargé in Saudi Arabia (Shullaw) to the Secretary of State

40. My 38, April 27.47 In a conversation today with the British Chargé Wikeley, I learned that Ibn Saud will send a letter to the [Page 776] President on the subject of Palestine. The letter presumably will be along the lines of November 1938 letter with an indication that the views advanced by His Majesty on that occasion continue valid today. Wikeley’s information indicates that Ibn Saud’s letter may or may not include a suggestion that further Jewish immigration to Palestine be forbidden. A ban is favored by Yusuf Yassin, who has further indicated to me in conversations that recent Jewish arrivals should after the war be removed to other countries. Yusuf Yassin is leaving tomorrow for Egypt and intends to visit Syria, in whose future he is much interested, and possibly Palestine before returning to Jidda. In matters affecting Syria and Palestine he probably has considerable influence with Ibn Saud.

Repeated to Cairo.

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