United States Interest in the Question of Military and Economic Assistance to Saudi Arabia; Renewal of United States Tenancy at the Dhahran Airfield; Interest of the United States in Negotiations Between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia Regarding the Buraimi Oasis Dispute; Visit of King Saud to the United States in February 1957 1

1. For previous documentation, see Foreign Relations, 1952–1954, vol. ix, Part 2, pp. 2409 ff.


164. Memorandum of a Conversation, Department of State, Washington, February 9, 1955

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 886A.2553/2–955. Secret. Drafted by Fritzlan.


165. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs (Allen) to the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Murphy)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 886A.2553/3–455. Secret. Drafted by Fritzlan and Hart.


166. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 682.87/2–2755. Secret; Priority. Drafted by Fritzlan; approved by Murphy; and cleared by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of the Air Force. Repeated to Dhahran.


167. Memorandum of a Conversation, Department of State, Washington, March 7, 1955

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.86A/3–755. Confidential. Drafted by Fritzlan.


168. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 786A.5622/4–2355. Secret. Drafted by Fritzlan and approved by Jernegan. Repeated to London and to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Air Force Europe (CINCUSAFE).


169. Telegram From the Embassy in Saudi Arabia to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.86A/7–2555. Secret; Priority; Limit Distribution.


170. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.86A/7–2555. Secret. Drafted by Newsom and approved by Jernegan. Repeated to Moscow and Hong Kong.


171. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs (Allen) to the Under Secretary of State (Hoover)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 886A.2553/8–3155. Confidential. Drafted by Gay; sent through S/S.


172. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.86A/8–755. Secret. Drafted by Newsom and approved by Hoover. Repeated to Baghdad, Cairo, London, and Tel Aviv, and pouched to Paris.


173. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 886A.2553/8–2655. Drafted and approved by Allen.


174. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 661.86A/9–1955. Secret. Drafted by Newsom and Wilkins and approved by Jernegan. Repeated to Dhahran.


175. Telegram From the Embassy in Saudi Arabia to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 661.86A/9–1555. Secret; Limit Distribution.


176. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 886A.2553/9–1755. Confidential. Drafted by Newsom and approved by Wilkins. Repeated to Dhahran and Tel Aviv and pouched to London.


177. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.86A/9–1655. Secret. Drafted by Newsom and Wilkins and approved by Allen.


178. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 774.56/9–3055. Top Secret; Priority. Drafted by William C. Burdett and approved by Russell. Pouched to London.


180. Memorandum of a Conversation, Department of State, Washington, October 5, 1955

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 786A.5–MSP/10–555. Confidential. Drafted by Newsom. Approved by Dulles on October 12. In telegram 183, October 12, the Department conveyed the substance of this conversation to the Embassy in Jidda. (Ibid.)


181. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 774.56/10–255. Secret. Drafted by Newsom and approved by Allen. Repeated to Cairo and Tel Aviv and pouched to Beirut, Baghdad, Damascus, Amman, London, and Paris.


182. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 786A.5–MSP/10–955. Secret. Drafted by Newsom and approved by Russell. Repeated to Cairo and London.


183. Telegram From the Embassy in the United Kingdom to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 780.022/10–2655. Confidential; Priority. Repeated to Dhahran, Jidda, and Aden, and to Geneva as Tosec 66, October 28. (Ibid.)


184. Message From the Director of Central Intelligence (Dulles) to the Secretary of State

Source: Eisenhower Library, Dulles Papers, White House Memoranda. Secret. The source text bears no date nor place of origin. The reference to the “recent British forceable occupation of Buraimi” in the second paragraph, however, suggests that the message was written after October 26. A marginal notation on the source text reads: “Sec saw”.


186. Telegram From the Consulate General in Dhahran to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 780.022/10–3055. Confidential. Sent also to Jidda and repeated to London.


187. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Saudi Arabia

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 780.022/11–455. Confidential. Drafted by Newsom and approved by Wilkins. Sent also to London (by pouch); repeated to Dhahran; and pouched to USUN.


188. Telegram From the Embassy in Saudi Arabia to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 780.022/11–655. Secret; Niact. Repeated to London and Cairo.


189. Telegram From the Department of State to the Delegation at the Foreign Ministers Meetings, at Geneva

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 396.1–GE/11–1055. Confidential; Priority. Drafted by Wilkins and approved by Allen. Repeated to London and Jidda.


190. Memorandum of a Conversation, Department of State, Washington, November 22, 1955

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 711.56386A/11–2255. Confidential. Drafted by Wilkins.


191. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the United Kingdom

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 780.022/11–2155. Confidential. Drafted by Wilkins and Newsom and approved by Allen. Repeated to Jidda and Dhahran.


193. Telegram From the Embassy in Saudi Arabia to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 780.022/11–3055. Secret; Priority. Repeated to London.