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'File 61/14 XVII (D 76) Nejd-Iraq Relations' [‎8r] (24/440)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (216 folios). It was created in 30 Apr 1930-25 Jan 1932. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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CCi^INITIAL, ^ Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , Kuwait#
No» 227 # Dated the 3th May 1950, ,
From
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Lieutenant-Colonel H # R 0 P^Dickson >
Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Kuwait#
To
The Hon r ble the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the
Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . Bushire#--~ - —
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KEJD & TRIBAL INIELLIGSKci „ 1 . ^
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In continuation of my confidential No, 218 dated
22nd April, I have the honour to submit below some
rather interesting items of news which I obtained from
Abdur Rahman bin Muharib messenger and right hand nan
of Ibrahim bin ArfaJ who visited me yesterday (7th May
1930) and delivered letters from Bin Saud and his master
to the Shaikh and myself.
H B S .
^ Ibrahim bin Arfaj has been appointed in charge
of all Bedouin in North East Arabia roughly from Lina to
the sea. He has full authority to settle inter-tribal
disputes, and to receive and deal with ccmplaints from
the frontier authorities of 'Iraq and Kuwait. He is
accompanied by an Alim or Wahabi Eclesiastic of proved
knowledge and worth who will act as judge in all matters
concerning the Sheria. For the present Ibrahim al ArfaJ
will make Hafar al Batin his headquarters.
2. All the Amirs of Nejd have proceeded to the HaJ
with H.M.King Bin Saud except the Amir of Qatif and ibn'
M'saad, Governor of Hail.
3. Saud ibn Abdullah al-Jaloui acts as Governor
of Hassa.
4. The King received ibn M'saad at Hiath just
before his departure for Mecca and treated him with

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The volume contains correspondence pertaining to relations between Najd and Iraq. It is mostly between Harold Dickson, Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Kuwait, Hugh Biscoe, Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in Bushire, Andrew Ryan, British Minister in Jeddah, Francis Humphrys, High Commissioner in Iraq, the Lord Passfield, Secretary of State for the Colonies in London, Arthur Henderson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in London, the Government of India, Ibn Sa'ud, King of Najd and the Hejaz, Sheikh Hafiz Wahba, advisor to Ibn Sa'ud, Ja'far al-'Askari, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Iraq, and Nuri al-Said, Prime Minister of Iraq.

The volume covers the months following the collapse of the Ikhwan rebellion and is mostly concerned with the payment of £10,000 compensation to Iraq and Kuwait by Ibn Sa'ud. Other issues include:

Documents of note are the intelligence reports (folios 8-10, 13-16, 110-112) by Dickson on tribal movements, including a genealogical map of the Mutair tribe (folios 66-67), and summaries and translations of articles (folio 31 and folios 117-147) appearing in the Saudi newspaper Umm al-Qura that cover the recent affairs of the region and mention Britain. This was part of press monitoring carried out at Jeddah.

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1 volume (216 folios)
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The volume is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main sequence starts on the front cover (f 1A) and ends on the last folio at the back of the volume (f 214). All numbering is in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio and mainly consists of a black ink stamped number: 3-25, 27-42, 44, 46-51, 53-214. Several numbers in the sequence are written in pencil and encircled: 1A, 1b, 1c, 2, 25b, 52. One number is written in pencil but not encircled: 43. The black ink stamped number 26 has been changed to 26A and encircled, in pencil. The folio between 44 and 46 has not been renumbered 45. It is identified instead by the earlier pencilled number 45/50, written in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of the folio. There are other earlier and inconsistent foliation sequences, consisting mainly of pencilled numbers that are not circled.

Fold-out folio: 67.

There is a second sequence that is written in pencil and uncircled in the same place, but it is inconsistent.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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