786.56/5–2550: Telegram

The Ambassador in Saudi Arabia (Childs) to the Secretary of State

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321. Embtel 320, May 25.1 HM requested I have another private audience with him in afternoon. Before audience I informed Shaikh Yusuf I did not intend to bring up DAB agreement unless Yusuf considered it advisable. He agreed we could settle question together after obtaining King’s authority do so.

During audience however, I thought it advisable to give HM briefly status MAP program as set forth in Jidda in my conversations with Yusuf when justifying request for extension to February 1, 1951. At conclusion HM stated very warmly we might have extension and did not ask me any questions but appeared completely satisfied with explanation I had given.

Later Yusuf said he would examine file and as soon as he had brought himself up to date he would take necessary action by way of formal acknowledgement my letter requesting extension.

Repeated info Dhahran 145.

  1. Not printed; it reported a visit by Childs and the British Ambassador to Riyadh on May 24 to inform the King of a tripartite declaration by the United States, British, and French Governments concerning security in the Near East The two Ambassadors met separately with the King in the afternoon to present the declaration. He “appeared visibly pleased” and emphasized to Childs that “SA’s great interest was to combat Communism and to take measures with US to that end.” (786.56/5–2550)

    The Tripartite Declaration Regarding Security in the Near East was issued after a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the United States, United Kingdom, and France in London in May 1950. For documentation on the meetings and the Declaration, see vol. iii, pp. 828 ff. A copy of the Declaration was published in the Department of State Bulletin, June 5, 1950, p. 886.