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File 2182/1913 Pt 9 'Arabia Policy towards Bin Saud' [‎72r] (141/406)

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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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5. The area under dispute in which His '.; aier
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ment state they will not interfere 1 -n +h
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is not defined in the ireaseo-o , les >
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garding which King Hussein entirely ref„^ * '
tosBihn itv ^ h s re - LUSes u0 ^cognise and
POcsiDllity (sic) uispute.
^ Bil1 8h ° Uld persist and encroach on Hejaz territory
, ^ ^ nfa t0 glv8 Ossein? The message definitely
s "th.c Xirrrii R'h i no* r\-f j-t
rurnibhing of troops and Bln is to be told so -
mat then has he to fear? m ny opinion the time has come
'men we met take a definite side in this dispute. I consider
we met back King Hussein against Wahabi encroachment and shew
Bin clearly we are doing so. I agree with Cairo telegram 252
of February 16th and Colonel A.T,Wilson's telegram on this
subject which i have seen, if no definite action is to be taken
I Should prefer to leave things as they are rather than send
the proposed message which I feel will be interpreted as a
sign of weakness by both recipients.
(8.3.8-4).

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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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