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File 2182/1913 Pt 12 'ARABIA: RELATIONS WITH BIN SAUD (AMIR OF NEJD) (HEJAZ-NEJD BOUNDARY DISPUTE)' [‎109r] (218/448)

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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Copy of a Confidential Memorandum Ho. 155-C dated 7th June
1920, from Politic* Civil Commis-
In continuation of my telegram |To«154-C dated 7th June
dated 3rd Ramadhan 1338 (22nd May 1920) in answer to your
telegraphic message from London forwarded under your Ho*
5524 dated 8th May 1920.
Translation of a letter dated 3rd Ramadhan 1338 (23rd May
1920) from Bin Sand, Ruler of Hejd, to Major H.R.P.Dickson,
C.I.E., 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.
After Compliments,
I have the honour to acknowledge your cordial letter
dated 20th Shaaban 1338 (10th May 1920) in which was
contained the telegraphic consmunication received from His
Majesty f s GDvernment through the Hon’hie the Civil Commis- ^
eioner, Baghdad t I was very glad to peruse it and to note
the contents regarding the proposed settlement of questions
outstanding between the Hejaz Government and my Government.
I feel deeply grateful to Kis Majesty’s Government for their
endeavours and I shall gladly accept their invitation after
the Haj season: But:
Firstly . I would reqmst His Majesty’s Government kindly to
depute the Hon’ble Sir Percy Cox or Colonel Wilson (to be
present at Aden) because these high officials are the only
ones who possess first-hand knowledge of my affairs from
the early days when treaty was concluded between His Majesty
Government and myself up to the present day. I regard it as
most essential that one of these two high officials be pre
sent and that he shouid be accompanied by the respected
Major 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. , Bahrain, whose presence I
consider necessary and proper ovdng to the fact that he has
during the time he has been our Political Officer*
Secondl y. It should be clearly understood that I do not
sioner, Baghdad.
1920, I beg to forward traT^lation of Bin Baud’s letter
agree

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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)' [‎109r] (218/448), 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_100032475963.0x00001c> [accessed 19 June 2019]

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