811.7490F/11–2144: Telegram

The Minister in Saudi Arabia (Eddy) to the Secretary of State

349. Continuing Legation’s 348, November 21, noon. Official communication confirming Saudi notice to Cable and Wireless will be made soon after deputy Foreign Minister reports to King. Jordan argued with Shaikh Yusuf at great length against giving notice urging that since subject is under discussion between British and American Governments and Cable and Wireless it could be re-opened any time without notice. Shaikh Yusuf, however, stated that King had ordered giving clear notice to Cable and Wireless of intention to modify the agreement which was done in writing today and confirmed by telegraph from Saudi Government to Cable and Wireless home office.

King Abdul Aziz, however, reports that active steps toward establishment of radio communication must be preceded by concurrence between British and American Governments who should relieve the objection based upon security.

Informed Shaikh Yusuf that I had with me another message from my Government which I could not deliver in view of his report that our request had been fulfilled already.