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File 2182/1913 Pt 11 'Arabia: relations with BIN SAUD Hedjaz-Nejd Dispute' [‎401r] (356/678)

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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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It is entirely to our interests and that of peaoe of !j |
Ar«bi« that Bin Baud ahonld feel that the representatire of
H.M.S* with whom he is in diplomatio relations does not with
hold from him inconvenient news* Sllanoe on our part with
regard to ourrent affairs is bound to bs mis-interprsted*
political Begh&ad#
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Pelegraa H* P*by«
prom political Baghdad*
p© India Officei London*
Ho* 1428
Dated 1st February 1920*
Since sending my telegram of 31st January 1418 I
hsvs received Bin Baud* s reply to my personal letter of
HoTember 17th*
He expresses his special thanks for the news of current
events therein given as he had been hearing rumours of dis
quieting nature as to the truth of which he was in doubt. H*
writes in a cordial and oenfident tons and aoospts without
oomment the substitution of notes for silver*
political Baghdad*
Translation
frem Baen Abdel Asl* ibn Abdel ashman H-Faisal Al-Saud
Datsd Habi' Al“Akhar, 1338 (January 1920)
t# H.B.AS* 0.0. Colonsl Wilson.
After compliments, I bog to inform you that wo are in
the bast [health. 8* have the honour to acknowledge receipt
#f your letter dated 17th November 1919, end we have noted
all tha coatants*
Pirst, the reason of not writing so oftsn to f.B. i. ^-us.
wo do not like to disturb you, knowing you are v.ry busy with
affair, of Stats. Father ws thank you very much for being ^
pleased of our welfare
and that of our country, also for your

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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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