File 2182/1913 Pt 12 'ARABIA: RELATIONS WITH BIN SAUD (AMIR OF NEJD) (HEJAZ-NEJD BOUNDARY DISPUTE)' [17r] (33/448)
The record is made up of 1 item (223 folios). It was created in 15 Mar 1920-21 Oct 1920. 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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22nd September, 1920*
My Lord, , r'l 0
I have laid before the Lords Commissioners of
His Majesty*s Treasury Sir J.Tilley^ letter of the
15th instant (E 11225/9/44) further with respect to
the proposed payment by instalments of the sum of
£30,000 to King Hussein*
The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
demurs to the suggestion made in the Treasury Letter
of the 10th instant (S.540) that no part of this sum
shall be paid until the King gives an undertaking
to sign the Treaty, but I am to point out that the
original proposal of the Foreign Office, as conveyed
in Mr. Phipps* letter of the 19th August last,
(E 9983/9/44) was to make the whole payment conditional
on the actual signing of the Treaty by the King, this
being the first, and presumably considered by Lord
Curzon, the most important, condition of the grant.
In deference to his Lordship*s wishes for
an immediate payment on account My Lords agreed that an
instalment should be paid on receipt of an undertaking
from the King to carry out the three conditions, as
set out in your telegram F.46 of the 20th August last.
The Under Secretary of State,
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Part 12 concerns British policy regarding the dispute between Bin Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd, also referred to in the correspondence as Ibn Saud] and King Hussein of Hejaz [Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Hāshimī, King of Hejaz]. Much of the correspondence relates to (unsuccessful) efforts by the British to arrange a meeting between the two rulers. The correspondence discusses conditions and arrangements for a proposed meeting at Mecca (as suggested by Bin Saud), immediately after pilgrimage [Hajj].
The correspondence goes on to discuss details of an armistice agreement made between King Hussein's committee and the Nejd deputation, at Mecca. A translation of the agreement states that the two parties agree to end all hostile movements and resume negotiations as soon as possible through the British government.
Also included are the following:
- details of a proposed gift of £5000 from the British government to Bin Saud (plus an honorary GCIE – Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire);
- proposals of a payment of £30,000 by the British government to King Hussein, on the condition that the King signs a treaty with Turkey [the Treaty of Sèvres, which began the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire];
- a copy (in Arabic) of the aforementioned Treaty;
- news of reports that King Hussein's son, Sherif Feisal [Fayṣal bin Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Hāshimī, also referred to in the correspondence as Amir Feisal], has been crowned King of Syria, and copies of translations of correspondence between Feisal and Bin Saud.
The item includes the following principal correspondents:
- Secretary to the 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. 's Political Department (John Evelyn Shuckburgh);
- Civil Commissioner, Baghdad [held in an officiating capacity by Lieutenant-Colonel Arnold Talbot Wilson];
- High Commissioner, Egypt (General Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby);
- 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. , Bahrain (Major Harold Richard Patrick Dickson);
- Foreign Office;
- War Office;
- Bin Saud.
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