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File 2182/1913 Pt 9 'Arabia Policy towards Bin Saud' [‎26r] (49/406)

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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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From Baghdad,
Dated 29th April, 1919,
(Heed. 30th April, 5.35 p.m.).
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4^19* Your telegram dated 10th April regarding Ibn
Sa.ud. Letter in following terras from Ibn Sa.ud, dated April
^ooi'i, was received in Bsnrein Political Agent’s Office on 27th
instant. Begins:
I Deg to inform ^you) that I previously reported to you about
uhe preparations of tne Sheriff’s sons for an expedition accord
ing to tneir movements and I received a comraunication from you
of reply from your Government tliat there was not in reality
(word unde cypher able*) and that they were engaged in their
internal affairs* I was wrong in view and. your reuly be true
as was proved by further information. In the meantime, I
received a letter from Abdulla giving us good news of the
occupation of Medina and I sent him a good reply and also to
Sherriff Husain. We hoped it would be a basis of a union
between us and for tranquility and reform of Ara.b affairs and
in conformity with the wishes of my friends, His Majesty’s
Government. Afterwards, I received news of the departure of
Sherriff Abdulla from Medina, and that he was prepared for
movement against the tribes of Hajd. I (look upon the?)
matter till it should have been (?ascertained) and now it has
been ascertained, I wish to communicate it to you in order that,
firstly, I may not be responsible; secondly, that you may have
the opportunity to see the movement against the wishes of your
Government, As regards his departure from Medina, he left
with the remainder of the Turkish troops, together with the
men from the neighbourhood of Medina and fro m li diffe rent parts

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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.

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