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File 2182/1913 Pt 9 'Arabia Policy towards Bin Saud' [‎188r] (373/406)

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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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be retu rned to the Foreign Office if not required for official use.]
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Decypner, Sir P.. Pinrate (Cairo), 6th January 1919.
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Colonel 'Tilson reports conversation at Jeddah
witn Mohamred el Megheirhl SI Patayah head of depu
tation sent by Bin Rashid to Mecca. Man was 4 years at
college at Beyrout and is intelligent and well acquainted
him recent Arab politics. He is evidently keen partisan
of Ibn Rashid but impressed Colonel HiIson as reliable.
He says there have been regular communications
from Sir Baud to Medina. Paleri informed Ibn Rashid last
September that he (F.) had an agreement with Bin Sand and
(SopLP+iP7PL t0 -T ake common cause with latter again*
PAT 1 1 . It wa f' through Bin Saul that Pakri
FePLALl between Ibn Rashid and the King,
eLh i h/T,9VLl9' j 1 I osl ' res lri collusion with Pakri to
7 A..T;9- h ^; u 2 \china oake possession of armamenf th^re a^id
se-vLPP induce,some of Turkish troops to enter his
■.Pii?-!;- ’’-e confirms reports of rapid progress and
p v ppirP which can’ only be checked
te-C.'i''i.n Or.,. ±y axj. Aueioah and Muteir tribesmen hove
witlTorTpP ^5 Bin Sai*l is said to have dedaredAe
PtOP },e has repeated his Grandfather's
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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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