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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
be returned to the Foreign Office if not
Majesty’s Government, and
required for official use.]
Cypher telegram to Lord Allenby (Cairo)
Foreign Office, 21st June 1920, 9 pjn.
No. 556 (R)
His Majesty's Government have received with
much gratification the intimation that Your Majesty has
consented to meet Ibn Saud at Aden. They are happy to
inform you that Ibn Saud has similarly expressed his
readiness to meet Your Majesty. He has however suggested
as an alternative that he should himself come to Mecca
with the Nejd pilgrimage and discuss the various points
at issue in Your Majesty's capital. His Majesty's
Government are anxious that you should be spared che
fatigue of a voyage to Aden, and trust that you will
agree to this proposal. They suggest that Your Majesty-
should arrange for the Emir Abdullahto meet the Nejd
pilgrimage at Taif end accompany Ibn Saud to Mecca where
they have little doubt that the two powerful friends of
His Majesty’s Government will come to a satisfactory
agreement. They propose if you see no objection to
arrange for a responsbble Indian Moslem Officer to accompai
the Nejd pilgrims,and are confident that Your Majesty
will adhere to the guarantee already given that the
pilgrimage shall be re-opened and that you will restrain
your people from any aggression. Ibn Baud for his part
has given the required undertaking that the Nejd
pilgrims will be placed in charge of a responsible
official who will guarantee their good behaviour. His

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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)' [‎168r] (336/448), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/391/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 7 July 2020]

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