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File 2182/1913 Pt 12 'ARABIA: RELATIONS WITH BIN SAUD (AMIR OF NEJD) (HEJAZ-NEJD BOUNDARY DISPUTE)' [‎101r] (202/448)

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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DA2ED 27th JULY 1920*
RECEIVED 10 a.m. 28th JUDY *20.
Clear the line , .
R* 9028.
Your telegram dated 25th July. Please reply
Bin Sand thanhing him warmly on my behalf for statesmanlike
manner in ?/hich he is dealing with the situation which
His Majesty’s Government fully realise to be fraught with
difficulty for him.
Apologise for delays and explain that they are
unfortunately inseparable from complexity of negotiations.
Say that I agree that w^est course which I trust he
will have adopted by the time your reply reaches him
will be to refrain from making pilgrimage in person this
|. year and to send a small deputation as he proposes and add
that I anticipate that action on these lines will meet
with warm commendation of His Majesty’s Government and will
C?
be a signal proof of his publi-eity and of his consideration
for general interests of Arab world.
Hasan should accompany deputation.
Addressed to Bahrein, repeated to 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.
Jeddah, Cairo, Simla

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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.

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File 2182/1913 Pt 12 'ARABIA: RELATIONS WITH BIN SAUD (AMIR OF NEJD) (HEJAZ-NEJD BOUNDARY DISPUTE)' [‎101r] (202/448), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/391/2, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100032475963.0x00000c> [accessed 19 August 2019]

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