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File 21/1911 Pt 1 'Aden Protectorate:- Italian & French recruitment of Arabs.' [‎173r] (139/270)

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The record is made up of 1 item. It was created in 22 Mar 1905-13 Feb 1917. It was written in English and French. 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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No.a -^7
ADEN HKSIDENOY:
^-Z^Ootober 1911.
T !ajor-General J, A. Bell,
Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. ,
Aden;
To,
The Secretary to Government,
Political Department,
Bombay.
Sir,
O
from the Secretary of State for India, regarding the via it
of Major Pantano, an Italian Army Officer,to Mokalla for
the alleged purposes of enlisting ? Askaris f , I have the
honour to inform you that this gentleman is still at
Mokalla but that he has been ordered back to Aden by me.
Further recruiting has been stopped.
2. I would again take this opportunity of informing
Government that the Italian Government are constantly and
increasingly attempting to intrigue with the Arab Ohiefs,
amd that Mokalla is their principal sphere of negotiation.
| propose therefore, when a suitable opportunity occurs,
to inform the Italian Consul that while glad to afford
anchorage to bona-fide cruisers of the Italian Government
I cannot allow Armed Phows to remain indefinitely in the
harbour.
I have the honour to be.
Sir,
Your most obedient servant,

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The papers concern the recruitment by the governments of Italy and France of natives of the British protectorate of Aden for military and colonial policing purposes.

The main correspondents are the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , Aden; the Viceroy of India; and senior officials of the Foreign Office, the 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. , and the Government of India.

The papers cover: the recruitment by Italy of Arabs (referred to as 'Ascaris') for service as soldiers in Italian Somaliland (also referred to as the Benadir Coast), a proposal to which the British authorities had no objection, March 1905 - April 1908 (folios 210-238); the British decision to refuse permission for further recruitment by the Italians, because a state of war existed between Italy and Turkey and the recruitment was an infringement of British neutrality under the terms of the Foreign Enlistment Act 1870, September-October 1911 (folios 188-208); the reasons for the detention by the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , Aden of ammunition stores destined for the Governor of Benadir, November 1911 (folios 174-187); opposition from the Government of India to further recruitment by the Italians in the Aden Protectorate for service in the military or police in their African colonies, because of the effect on the Aden labour market, 1914 (folios 147-168); a French request to recruit substitutes for Arab labourers ('coolies') in Madagascar, December 1914 (folios 135-142); permission granted to the Italians to recruit 500 Arabs from the Hadramaut [Hadramawt], January - June 1915 (folios 111-134); and the granting of permission to the French to recruit colonial troops in Aden, 1917 (folios 105-110).

The papers include one letter in French from the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

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