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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1947. The Near East and Africa

Saudi Arabia,   pp. 1329-1342 PDF (5.4 MB)

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audience with His Majesty after arriving in Riyadh is one limited
exclusively to exchange courtesies, on this occasion His Majesty, soon
after mutual inquiries re our respective health, at once broached at
this initial audience the purpose for which he had requested me to
come 'to IRiyadh.
  His Majesty began by stating that he knew I was a sincere friend
of the Arabs. My Government had taken decision with respect to
Palestine which was most distasteful for the Arab world. He did not
intend to speak, however, of that. That was past and the Arabs would
take such measures as they deemed necessary for the defense of their
interests. What would come out of it would be the will of God. He
added, "Although we differ enormously on the question of Palestine
but still we have our own mutual interests and friendship to
   His Majesty stated that he was much concerned by two problems:
one, the question of Russian influence and Communistic propaganda,
and the second, the menace which might be offered by the Shereefian
   [Here follow the views of the King on the two problems and on
 Anglo-Saudi relations.]
   The King stated that he wished to speak in the frankest possible
 way with me. For that reason he would define the position of Saudi
 Arabia in relation to other Arab states with respect to the Palestine
 question as it presented itself now in consequence of the decision taken
 by the United Nations.
   His Majesty stated "I occupy a position of preeminence in the Arab
 world. In the case of Palestine I have to make common cause with
 other Arab states. Although the other Arab states may bring pressure
 to bear on me I do not anticipate that a situation will arise whereby
 I shall be drawn into conflict with friendly western powers over this
   His Majesty remarked that apart from Palestine his relations with
 the United States were of the closest. He considered that aside from
 Palestine there were no points of conflict between the two countries
 whose interests were complementary to one another.
   For the above reasons His Majesty wished to inquire of me re three
 points on which he wished clear answers:
    (1) Leaving aside wholly the question of Palestine, what was the
 attitude of the United States Government toward the Government of
 Saudi Arabia? To put the question in another form, His Majesty
 wished to know how and in what manner he might rely upon the
 United States.
   For earlier expressions of concern by the Saudi Arabian Government in
   nection with the agitation by Transjordan for a Greater Syria, see pp.
738 ft.

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