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File 2182/1913 Pt 9 'Arabia Policy towards Bin Saud' [‎38v] (74/406)

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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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Telegram P., No. 574, dated the 16th (received 17th) January 1919.
Prom-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. in the ^ erS, “ Q and Political Depart-
To The Secretary to the Government of Ind.a m the Kore. 0
ment, Delhi.
requested. This re f e rs to my telegram* No. 1100i, ,
dated the 27th December 1918.
• Serial No. 75.
Telegram P., dated the 16th -.received 17th) January 1919.
Tr^Stty theW (FmSn and Polidcal Department), Delhi.
(Addressed Baghdad.) -narticularlv of the surrender of
In the light of recent 'i CTclo P me ” t e 9 dil)a f n P ew ‘ + of which has just been
t Serial No. so. received, the whole question regarding n
i v further careful consideration of Lhs Majesty s Govern-
Saud has been under furU^ ^ further inte rvention in the dispute between
Hjent. Their conclusi " . 5 thin 0, is to be gained for the present in the
Ibn Saud and King Huss , altered circumstances. The instructions +
x Serial No 72. in regard to the ultimatum to the former
n a NTn notion need therefore, be taken on my telegrams,
are accordingly cance dated the 13th§ and 24th|| December,
§ serial ^o. 65 ; resnectlvelv. The whole position will
» —r; louldit annear at any time that Mecca or other
have to be reconsidered ^ f v P (hreat e ne dby Ibn Saud or his followers.
districts ot P r a J . [ ;" t r , s Government would feel bound to take such steps
In that event Hi" Ma] y might be practicable,
to secure the mamtenance of status to your telegram,t 11604
dated 27th December 1918, and connected
^ Serial No. 75.
Telegram P, No 590, dated tde 16th (received 17th) January 1919.
"r^'eleemw' G—Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi. ^
(Addressed Secretary “ £ if possible, through the
As I should prefer t° “eat wi 4 me in what ca p ac , ty Sir
permanent official ehanuel.mll^yd ^^7 ^ deputation will be prolonged.
Mark Sykes is acting a ^ 5 f ,, aues ti 0 n that we should permit
A propos** Ajaimi, 1 regard i retur a q t 0 Iraq. To show favour to
#• Serial No. 83. him now would he an act of treachery

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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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