The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia… The Story of the “Unification Declaration”

          Asharq Al-Awsat reviews the progress of the drafters of the "proposed system"            

At nine o'clock on the morning of Thursday, September 23, 1932, from the Government House in the Hamidiya Palace in the Ajyad neighborhood in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Prince Faisal bin Abdul Aziz, Viceroy of the Hejaz, announced the official birth of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Prince Faisal (later King) read Royal Decree No. 2716, which included King Abdulaziz’s approval to transfer the name “Kingdom of the Hejaz, Najd and its annexes” to the “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.

In an investigation written by a Saudi researcher, Asharq Al-Awsat reveals the story of the declaration of monotheism, and the biography of the 17 men who drafted the document of the declaration of the kingdom.

Prince Faisal had arrived in Mecca on Wednesday evening from Taif, and after dawn, Abdullah bin Muhammad Al-Fadl, assistant to the Viceroy in Hejaz, Vice Chairman of the Shura Council and Deputy Chairman of the Council of Representatives, and Fouad Hamza, advisor to the King and Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, arrived.

In his memoirs published by the King Abdulaziz House, Counselor Fouad Hamza relates that on Wednesday 20 Jumada al-Ula 1351 AH corresponding to September 22, 1932, “the King’s approval came to our telegrams regarding the order of announcing the unification of the kingdom.”

And it turns out that the 17 men are (statesmen) of diverse backgrounds and experiences, and that their meetings took place officially in the house of the chief aide to the Viceroy in Hejaz and the Deputy Prime Minister (the Council of Representatives) Abdullah bin Muhammad al-Fadl. popular support for him.
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