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Coll 17/27 'Iraq. Medical services' [‎5r] (9/190)

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The record is made up of 1 file (41 folios). It was created in 5 Feb 1936-8 Jun 1936. 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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whole are interested in varying degrees in three main questions
outside their regional problems. These are:-
tl) Palestine and Zionism,
( 2 ) Syria and the French,
(3) Arab Union.
The best line to take about these questions when they come up for
discussion is as follows
(1) The White Paper of May 1939 is the declared policy of His
Majesty’s Government. It is a fair settlement which gives the
Arabs a real chance to build up a prosperous Palestine in which
Arab culture and the Arab way of life can continue to flourish
and the Arab people share in the progress and development which the
Jews wdll hasten.
( 2 ) This is a question that must be left for settlement until after
the war. Meanwhile His Majesty’s Government have given pledges
for Syria’s independence and the people of Syria (and of Iraq;
may be sure that His Majesty’s Government will stand by these
undertakings.
(3) You are already acquainted with the declared attitude of His
Majesty’s Government towards this question. It is that they
will give their full support to any scheme to strengthen the
cultural, economic and political ties between the Arab countries
which commands general approval but the initiative in formulating
any such scheme must come from the Arabs themselves. In
discussing Arab union or federation you may well emphasise the
obstacles which lie in the way of the realisation of this ideal,
the dynastic rivalries, the sectarian antagonisms, the regional
economic interests and the nolitical inexperience of the people
themselves. You may ooint out that these obstacles have all to
be overcome before union can be a success and you may show that
the progress made in Iraq could easily be destroyed by a nremature
attempt to federate the country with its neighbours.
8. This letter, though already long, has not I know touched
on many of the problems with which you have to deal from day to
day nor is it indeed feasible to be comprehensive where the diver
sity of tasks is so great. I therefore leave it to you to write
to me on any particular aspect of your work regarding which you
feel in need of guidance. You may be sure that whenever you do so
I shall do my best to help. It is in the nature of your w f ork that
you have, on the whole, to act for yourselves in the way you judge
best and it is on your own wisdom and discretion that I chiefly
rely rather than on any guidance that I can give. The Political
Advisory Staff has already a fine record and I am confident that
it will continue to add to its good reputation and usefulness.
9. I am enclosing spare copies of this letter for you to
send to your Assistant Political Advisers and Deouty Assistant
Political Advisers.
(Signed)
Kinahan Cornwallis.

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The file contains papers relating to the desire of the Government of Iraq to engage an expert for a few months to reorganise the health service of Iraq (and the subsequent decision of the Iraqi Government not to proceed with the recruitment of this expert).

The papers mostly consist of 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. internal correspondence, correspondence between 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. and the Foreign Office, copy correspondence between the Secretary of State for the Colonies and the Governor of Ceylon [Sri Lanka], and copy correspondence between the Foreign Office and the following: HM Embassy at Baghdad, HM Representative at Cairo, and the Colonial Office.

The file includes a divider, which gives lists of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (41 folios)
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The papers are arranged in chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 44; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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