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File 2182/1913 Pt 11 'Arabia: relations with BIN SAUD Hedjaz-Nejd Dispute' [‎372r] (298/678)

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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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Hassa 10th February 1920,
CiTil Coirmiissioner, Baghdad,
Itemo ran dum.
In continuation of my telegrams H 3, H4, and H 7
dated 5th, 6 th, 7th February refpectively, I beg to :
submit this memorandum which will inform you in fuller
detail of all Bin Saud has had to say to me.
In addition to this communication I propose
submitting to you copy of my Diary kept since the day
I left Bahrain, It will I hope throw additional light
on the atmosphere surrounding me here, and on other
matters to do with Bin Baud, Hesa and ! r ajd* Accompany
ing the Diary will be a map of Hasa Oasis, also va
rious sketches and panorama,
A, Since February 4th I have had daily interviews with
Bin Sgud, On some days we have had two interviews,
Theie have always been held in private when anything has
Been discussed of a Political nature. On all occasions
Bin Saud has treated me with the greatest courtesy,
friendship and consideration. He was encouraged to open
his mind to me and keep nothing back,
I have refrained from submitting this report earlier
Because I desired to give Bin Saud ample opportunity of
unburdening himself and getting over his first natural
restraint with me, I think I have been justified in
doing bo, though I realize the inconvenience the delay
in receipt of this report must have given you. As tne
days have passed Bin Saudts manner has become more friend
ly and I think he has now unburdened himself of all he^
had in his mind,
B . First and foremost I should like to mention that
# t^e thinn v^hioh has struck me most in conversation with
Bin Soud, has been the efficiency of Ms intelligence

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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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