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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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IXft's Documen t is the Property of His Britannic Majesty^ Government, and should
be returned to the Foreign Office if not required for official u»e.]
Cypher telegram to Lord Allenhy (Cairo) e
-Foreign Office, 2nd July, 1920, 5,0 p jn
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V ery Urgen t
Your telegram ho, 627 (of 30th June. Hussein and Lbn Saud) .
It appears to us that the object of our intervention has
been very nearly achieved and we no7/ propose to assume that the
meeting between the two rulers will take place at Mecca as
suggested. The•condition that the hejd pilgrims should come
by sea can we think be ignored.
The message in my immediately following telegram has
accordingly been sent to Ibn Saud and you should communicate it
without delay to King Hussein and inform him that His Majesty’s
Government are much gratified to learn that he has agreed to meet
Ibn Saud at Mecca. He will see that they hold Ibn Saud
responsible for carrying out his undertaking that no
disturbances will be caused by the Hejd pilgrims and that they
have impressed upon him the necessity for reducing the number
of pilgrims-and of armed men to the lowest possible limit.
You should also point out to him that Ibn Baud’s consent to
visit him in his own territory is a very marked concession and
that this modification in his previous attitude is due entirely
to the good offices of His Majesty’s Government. They are
confident that Ibn Saud realises the necessity for remaining on
good terms with His Majesty’s Government and that he will do his
utmost to make the pilgrimage pass off successfully and
peacefully. They rely upon King Hussein to do the same and

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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)' [‎144r] (288/448), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/391/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 April 2020]

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