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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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[This Document is the Property of His Britannic Majesty’s Government, and should
be returned to the Foreign Office if not required for official use.]
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oi the 2Sth May to have promised that no obstacles would
oe put in the way of pilgrims from Nejd provided that they
came unarmed and were in charge of a responsible person,
iWuxiing was said about their proceeding by soa^
Colonel Vickery’s report for the week ending June
1st which did not reach us until the 22nd June shows that
by she 2Qth May King Rissein had introduced a new stipulation
that no Nejd pilgrims should enter the Kejaz until the
conclusion of an agreement with ibn SaucU
y), in J , ' our despatch oi the 12th June you referred-to this
as an alteration of Hussein’s previous decision and we assume
,Jj! ^ assent to the pilgrimage being re-opened was
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fc.e det'iaad that the pilgrims should proceed without
armc was not one which we could unreservedly support, though
“ ave rmpreased upon Ibn Scud in our telegram No. SCI
ti,e necessity ior restricting the number of armed men within
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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)' [‎132r] (264/448), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/391/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 August 2019]

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