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File 2182/1913 Pt 11 'Arabia: relations with BIN SAUD Hedjaz-Nejd Dispute' [‎354r] (262/678)

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The record is made up of 1 item (336 folios). It was created in 16 Oct 1919-28 May 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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Turkish ammunition has been recently received by Bin Saud
from Damascus<» To-day family appear devoted to Bin Baud’
After my call, I spent half an hour with Bin Saud over
the great gate overlooking the market* Bin Saud was very
courteous and asked much after Mr.Philby* Discussed Bedouin
customs, features and racial traits of the wild tribes of Hassa
Me,-jd mission arrived. Bin Saud greatly elated at his
sons return and/ Hb appearance generally. The letters of
King George gave him infinite pleasure, and he made me road
it several times* The jarring note was not however absent.
Bin Saud after reading the Notes of a conversation between
the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and the Arabian
mission representing Bin Saud (Dated 26th November 1919) an
Arab copy of which Ahmed bin Thanaiyan had brought, became
very despondent* He sent for me, and I have not found him so
down in the mouth before* He commenced by saying that he had
not said his prayers that morning, nor had he paid attention
( to the sermon in the Mosque* He made me read the notes, and
I think he had reason to be despondent© Lord Curzon , s remarks
were unnecessary I think seeing that the Turraba abd Kurma
subject is still w sub judice". I am sure the notes would not
' have been^foreseen. The net result is that Bin Saud is more
| convinced than ever that the Home Government is listening to
^talk from Egypt and not from Mesopotamia, (his words). He is
iconvinced his backing in London is poorer than that of the
IShareef• He is very bitter today. Hio bitterness may be
I embodied in the followings
(1) He knows now Shareef gets £.20,000/- Why should he
who recently helped them out of financial difficulties
Mahomed in Damascus might be watched.
^ n L ... i j UU<4 ..i,ijiiiii> i * | i>ii 'ii
(2) Bin Thanaiyan states their reception was not nearly
so much advertised as was that of Amir Faisal bin

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Part 11 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] over Khurma and Tarabah [Turabah]. Much of the correspondence documents the efforts of the British to persuade the two leaders to agree to meet. It is initially proposed that the two should meet at Jeddah; however, it is reported by the Civil Commissioner, Baghdad, that Bin Saud refuses to meet King Hussein at Jeddah, Aden, or Cairo, and suggests a meeting at Baghdad instead. A number of other possibilities are discussed, including the following: the Secretary of State for India's proposal of a meeting of plenipotentiaries, either at Khurma or Tarabah, as an alternative to a meeting between the two leaders themselves; a suggestion by the High Commissioner, Egypt, that the two leaders meet in London; a proposal from Lord Curzon [George Nathaniel Curzon], Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, that Bin Saud should be induced to meet King Hussein on board a British ship at Jeddah, or, as is later suggested, at Aden.

Also included are the following:

  • an account from Captain Norman Napier Evelyn Bray, political officer in charge of the Nejd Mission, which recounts the last days of the mission's stay in Paris, in late December 1919;
  • a report from the High Commissioner, Egypt, on his recent meeting with King Hussein, which relays the latter's views on the allocation of control of Syria to France;
  • discussion regarding the growing power and influence of Bin Saud's Akhwan [Ikhwan] forces;
  • a note on the dispute by Harry St John Bridger, in which he volunteers to induce Bin Saud to agree to a meeting at any place (outside of Hejaz) suggested by His Majesty's Government;
  • memoranda and diary entries written by the 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. at Bahrain, Major Harold Richard Patrick Dickson, all of which discuss at length Dickson's interviews with Bin Saud at Hasa [Al Hasa] in January and February 1920;
  • extracts from a report by the British Agent, Jeddah, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Edwin Vickery, which recounts his recent interviews with King Hussein and the King's son, Emir Abdullah [ʿAbdullāh bin Ḥusayn al-Hāshimī].

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