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Coll 17/27 'Iraq. Medical services' [‎6v] (12/190)

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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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the Political Advisers must play a most important part.
Speaking in general terms our different lines should be:-
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a) to strengthen our contacts and our friendships with
friendly Iraqi officials, with the ashraf and with
tribal leaders both in the towns and country areas.
I expect each Political Adviser and Assistant Political
Adviser to keep in close touch with all such people
in their areas, and to bring home to them the value
of British friendship and the danger of the German
menace. These are the people on whom we will have
mainly to rely if that menace.becomes imminent and we
must work intensively amongst them during the present
respite - especially amongst the Shaikhs. They
are not very reliable material but at least it can
be said that most of them stood out against the
pressure brought to bear by Rashid Ali recently.
Bach member of the Political Advisory Staff has ....
been specially chosen because- he is. known to and
trusted by many Iraqis and I also have many old
contacts. Pull advantage must be taken of this and
every effort must be made to create a more positive
attitude in our favour. Our immediate task is to
strengthen our position. Before long I hope it
will be possible to proceed further and to put into
action plans to meet the situation if the Germans .
begin advancing towards Iraq. Money should be spent
freely though judiciously and secretly but it is
personal influence which will count more than anything else
with the most influential people. Amongst the lesser
fry money will be a powerful weapon.
b) to strengthen the position of His Highness the
Regent and his Government throughout the country.
We now have a friendly Regent and Government in
power and we must do all we can to ensure that
they remain in power, furthermore, the work of the
Political Advisory Staff would become impossible if
they were not to have the co-operation and help
of local officials. I have explained our objects
frankly to the responsible Ministers concerned and
obtained their concurrence. Political Advisers
should therefore be careful to cultivate local officials
especially the Mutasarrifs - and explain to them
in general terms, what they are doing. (There will
naturally be certain actions such as bribery which
must be kept secret). They should be careful not
to interfere in the administrative work in the-liwas
or take any action which might raise unjustifiable
suspicions. I hope that mutual confidence and co
operation will be established, to a degree which
will render easier our fight against enemy influence.
c) by combating Nazi influence and all who are working
for it in every way possible. As pointed out above
much can be done by enlisting the help of friendly
officials and encouraging them to take action against

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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)

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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