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Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [‎9v] (18/513)

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The record is made up of 1 file (256 folios). It was created in 29 Apr 1940-24 Oct 1941. 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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Minister for Foreign Affairs has had considerable difficulties
in obtaining this, or indeed any, decision and I am not sure/-^^.
that these difficulties have been finally overcome although
Taufiq Suv/aidi maintains that they have. A word of
appreciation from you might help and, as I have telegraphed
separately, I think Colonel Smith should call on Minister
for Foreign Affairs in Cairo.
Taufiq Suwaidi has shown sympathy with recent proposal
^ of mine for persuading Palestinian exiles to returnc Un
fortunately High Commissioner foresees difficulty in giving
necessary assurance that prosecution for old offences will be
time-barred and I am waiting to learn fromToreign Office
whether progress with proposal can be made. (See my
telegrams Nos, .152 a nd 17/ and Jerusalem telegram NOo21_
Saving to Colonial T)ffice”JT '
•Taufiq Suwaidi is a keen pan-Arab but has not otherwise
discussed Palestine or Syria perhaps because he, like the
ex-Mufti, may appreciate that Great Britain is wholly absorbed
in more pressing matters and must also pay regard to Jewish
influence in America. (See my telegram No. 185 repe ated to
Cairo as No, 55).
Prime Minister once mentioned Palestine to me and I
replied as reported in my telegram No. 121 to Foreign Office,
(repeated to Cairo under No. 42). —“ * _
E, Taufiq Suwaidi will want all the information you
can give him about Turkey, the Balkans and.Russiao He has
been considerably impressed by the Soviet disapproval of
events In Bulgaria.
Although I have told him that I know nothing of-any
arrangement between Great Britain and Turkey affecting '
Northern Iraq and that there is doubtless nothing to know,
he is anxious for an official denial. Rumours, as I
reminded Taufiq, have long been spread by Axis propaganda
and the Iraqis (as I did not say to Taufiq) are the more
ready to believe them because they realise that such an
arrangement would be a fitting sequel to their own disloyal

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This file is a continuation of IOR/L/PS/12/2861. It contains correspondence and memoranda regarding relations between HMG Her or His Majesty’s Government in London. and the Government of Iraq, and documents the reaction of 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 Foreign Office to political developments within Iraq. The papers primarily consist of communications between HM Ambassador to Iraq and HM Foreign Secretary, regarding the cabinet of Rashid Ali al-Gaylani, his resignation in January 1941 and the formation of a new cabinet under Taha al-Hashimi, and the resumption of power by Rashid Ali backed by the military in April 1941. The file concludes with papers detailing the escape of the Regent 'Abd al-Ilah, and initial negotiations with Rashid Ali's Government of National Defence.

The papers include detailed discussion of the relations between Iraq and the Axis Powers, and attempts by the British to persuade the Government of Iraq to sever diplomatic ties with Italy. They also discuss British concerns over the growing anti-British sentiment in Iraq, as a result of British interference in Iraqi internal affairs and British policy towards Palestine and Syria. Amongst the papers are intelligence reports on the 'Golden Square' Generals (folios 58-59), and a copy of British plans to undermine the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Amin al-Husseini (folios 194-195). The file also contains a small number of communications from the Government of Iraq, and from HM Ambassadors to Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the USSR.

Folios 4-8 concern the affairs of the family of the late Khan Sahib Badruddin Khan, and appear to have come from a different file.

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1 file (256 folios)

The papers are arranged in rough 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 inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 256; 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. Two additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 2-256, and ff 206-225; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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