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File 2182/1913 Pt 9 'Arabia Policy towards Bin Saud' [‎21r] (39/406)

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The record is made up of 1 item (203 folios). It was created in 27 Dec 1918-2 Jun 1919. It was written in English. 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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Oo ; )iled by -Tab Bureau fro® reports
dated 1st to 9th April, 1919,and submitted by Hussein
i,f.-endi BUHI vaiilst aoeo jpunying Cing Hussein on a
Tisit to H'lir Ddulls at .^sixoira•
txdHBIBi-. (80 'dies H*E« of Mecca) and to the assembly
of aSHMjI, Sheikh®, and offioers,made a long speech,
in the course of which he said n I swear by God, the
Ouinipotent, that ht d it not boon for the great help,
financial and. otherwise, which ?w s, £ nd i... still
^eing,rendered by Great Britain, th^urab Bevolt
would not have ta :en olace and the irabs would never
w ve obtained their independencs. Great Britain is
an aider of Islam* hhe is th© defender and sincere
triend of all the Tabs# to ^re greatly indebted
to Great Britain and it is our duty to be f ithful
to her# fhe iiritish Government is just and symp., the tic#
Had it not been for the thous nds and thous rids of tons of
supplies given to us by her, all the .rhbs would h ve
starved, and cannibalism would have t availed ail over
the country# You nust i Iso remember that the Arabs
great help in this war to Great Britain - our true
rhe fing met Smir Abdulla on oril 1st at
hive acted their part splendidly
Ally”

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Part 9 primarily concerns the dispute between Bin Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] and King Hussein of Hejaz [Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Hāshimī, King of Hejaz], and British policy towards both. The item includes the following:

  • a note by 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. 's Political Department, entitled 'Arabia: The Nejd-Hejaz Feud', which laments the fact that relations between Bin Saud and King Hussein have to some extent been reflected in the views of the two administrations with which they have respectively been brought into contact (i.e. the sphere of Mesopotamia and the Government of India in Bin Saud's case, and the Cairo administration in King Hussein's case);
  • reports on the presence of Akhwan [Ikhwan] forces in Khurma and debate as to which ruler has the stronger claim to it;
  • attempts by the British to ascertain whether or not a treaty exists between King Hussein and Bin Saud;
  • a copy of a report by Harry St John Bridger Philby entitled 'Report on Najd Mission 1917-1918', which includes as appendices a précis of British relations with Bin Saud and a copy of the 1915 treaty between Bin Saud and the British government;
  • reports of alleged correspondence between Bin Saud and Fakhri Pasha, Commander of the Turkish [Ottoman] forces at Medina;
  • reports of the surrender of Medina by Ottoman forces;
  • discussion as to whether Britain should intervene further in the dispute between Bin Saud and King Hussein;
  • details of the proposals discussed at an inter-departmental conference on Middle Eastern affairs, which was held at Cairo in February 1919;
  • reports that King Hussein's son Abdulla [ʿAbdullāh bin al-Ḥusayn] and his forces have been attacked at Tarabah [Turabah] by Akhwan forces and driven out.

The principal correspondents are the following:

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