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File 2182/1913 Pt 9 'Arabia Policy towards Bin Saud' [‎91r] (179/406)

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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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Majesty’s Government have heen/etill are somewhat
anxious as to the relB/cions between himself and King of
the Hedjaz and consider it essential that he should do all
in his power to check Ikhwan movements which from such
information as is ar&iiubls may eventually menace the
security of Mecca end o.f the pilgrimage routes.
I anticipate that his reply to this letter will
be a request for continuance of the subsidy cn a reduced
scale to which His' Majesty’s Government L-.ay consider it
desirable to assent upon certain stipulations*
Colonel Wilson will inform King Hussein that Ibn
Baud’s subsidy has been stopped and that a warning re
garding Ikhwan has been addressed to him* xhis should
suffice to allay his fears for next few months. If King
Hussein wishes to occupy Khurca he should be allowed to
do sOo I would urge that I be permitted to try this
solution before despatching letter ordered in Foreign
Office telegram February 26th which embodies a decision in
regard, to which I have not been previously consulted and
which I am confident will not have results desbred by His
Majesty’s Government.
I arrived at above views before reaching Cairo
and full discussion with all concerned confirms me in
my belief that epurse I have proposed if sanctioned is
more likely to serve our ends than proposals made in
Foreign Office telegram of February 26th 0
Addressed to Foreign Office No„ 327, p TOl m
Foreign Delhi Political Baghdao. Political (? Buhi J U b - -V
undecypherable) Political Kcweit*

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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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