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File 2182/1913 Pt 11 'Arabia: relations with BIN SAUD Hedjaz-Nejd Dispute' [‎373r] (300/678)

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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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system. He appears to "be in closest touch with Egypt,
yyria, nijaz, mdia and * iraq, and there was little * > -
could tell him which he had not a thoroughly good
knowledge of already* I gathered his agents consisted
largely of the many Najdi merchants who are scattered
over the near East and India*
The second point that struck me was the affection of
Bin Sa U( 3- for everything British, and his almost pathetic
seemed
trust in H.M 1 s Government* At the same time he xxkkxjkA to
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he suffering from the delusion that we did not understand
HaJd matters properly, that the Sharif had him at a dis
advantage hy reason of his Being in telegraphic touch ■with
H,M l s Government, and that London was Being influenced to
an undue extent By what Cairo reported, also that Cairo
was entirely Balarsed in favour of the Sharif*
Three points particularly appeared to exxxxr ramble
in Bin Saud 1 s mind
(1) The wifholding of his subsidy some months ago},
which showed distrust in his plighted word (his
expression)
(2) The heaping of rewards, honours, arms and money on
the Sharif, "Culminating in the royal gift of Syria"
(again his words)
(3) The failure on our part to support him when attacked
By the Sharif at TurraBa, this in spite of the treaty
’ as drawn up Betv/een him and Sir P«Z,Cox on. oehalf
of His Majesty’s Government "Hot only did you
English fail to afford me help when attacked By an
external enemy, But you actually prevented me from
securing the fruits of my victory over the enemy
after God had delivered them into my Hands" (his
words)
The following are the points in detail which Bin
Saud desired me to submit to you*
He had received he said trustworthy information from
Mecca to the effect that some 60 days ago the Sharif had

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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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