890F.24/24: Telegram

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

590. Department’s 444, March 26, 8 p.m. Having ascertained that Ibn Saud is at or near Riyadh,61 I propose to leave for Saudi Arabia via Bahrein within a week’s time provided airplane travel can be arranged. Hare62 and Rountree will accompany me.

Am gratified that prospects of obtaining irrigation machinery for Saudi Arabia are favorable.

  1. The capital of Saudi Arabia; the King spent only a week or ten days of each year, during the pilgrimage season, at Jidda, location of the diplomatic establishment.
  2. Raymond A. Hare, Second Secretary of Legation in Egypt.