‘File 25/4 Anglo-Iraqi Treaty of Alliance, 1930’

IOR/R/15/2/640

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The record is made up of 1 file (18 folios). It was created in 30 Jun 1930-5 Jul 1945. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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Content

The file contains papers relating to press and parliamentary demands in Iraq, emerging during June 1945, for a renegotiation of the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty of Alliance of 1930. These papers are as follows:

  • a printed copy of the ‘Treaty of Alliance between the United Kingdom and ‘Iraq, with Exchanges of Notes’, signed in Baghdad on 30 June 1930 (ff 3-11);
  • a white paper (ff 13-16) entitled ‘Parliamentary and Press Campaign for the Revision of the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty of Alliance of 1930’, prepared by the Combined Intelligence Centre Iraq (CICI) and dated 5 July 1945, outlining: recent agitation in the Iraqi press for a change to the status quo in relations between Britain and Iraq; recent parliamentary debate in Iraq regarding the treaty; the start of an ‘anti-imperialist’ campaign in Iraq, in response to British intervention in Syria; news reports of Iraqi demands for a revision of the Treaty, and the subsequent response in the Iraqi press; a list of points of issue in the Treaty, as defined by Nur ud-Din Dawud of the an-Nida newspaper. A distribution list for the paper (f 12) is included in the file;
  • an appendix to the above CICI paper, also dated 5 July 1945 (f 18), stating that American dissatisfaction with Britain’s ambassadorial arrangements with Iraq – in comparison to the United States’ own, inferior diplomatic status – is a reason for the need to amend the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty. The distribution list for the appendix (f 17) is much smaller than that for the main paper (f 12), indicating its secret, rather than confidential nature.
Extent and format
1 file (18 folios)
Arrangement

The file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the file (f 19) mirror the chronological arrangement.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 20; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional incomplete foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 12-18; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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English in Latin script
Type
Archival file

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British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers
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Unrestricted

Archive reference
IOR/R/15/2/640
Former external reference(s)
Confidential Files: 25/4

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Date(s)
30 Jun 1930-5 Jul 1945 (CE, Gregorian)

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