§ Sir Anthony Eden
The Saudi Arabian Government replied that the agreement was not a breach of any international agreement to which Saudi Arabia was a party, and that the matter was purely within the domestic jurisdiction of Saudi Arabia. Her Majesty's Government have left the Saudi Arabian Government in no doubt of their disapproval of this agreement. They still believe that the Saudi Arabian Government would be ill-advised to put it into effect. This view has been recently reiterated to the Saudi Arabian authorities.
§ Sir A. Eden
I can say that other countries are closely affected by this matter. Indeed, the United States is likely to be the country most seriously affected. We know that the company which extracts the oil is American-owned. But all the maritime Powers stand to lose by this arrangement, and I should like to give a considered reply.