890F.6363/11–1044

Memorandum by the Director of the Office of Near Eastern and African Affairs ( Murray ) to the Under Secretary of State ( Stettinius )

Mr. Stettinius: As you may perhaps have noticed from airgram no. 74 of November 10 from our Minister at Jidda, King Ibn Saud “consented readily” to permit the survey of a possible pipe-line route to the Mediterranean42 by the Arabian American Oil Company during a visit of officials of that company to Riyadh last month.

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This is good news and a further indication that the King is disposed to play ball with us in everything that pertains to the development of our great oil concession in his country.

Wallace Murray
  1. In a memorandum of November 25 in reply the Under Secretary of State said that he had noted favorably the King’s consent to permit a survey of a possible pipe-line route across Saudi Arabia.