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Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [‎50v] (100/513)

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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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moreover ascertained that Italian Legation used to
spend between £20 and £50 a month on telegrams and
were now spending between £500 and £600«> Regent
agreed that Taha will probably continue to D^and
f be unwilling to offend military elements on whose
support his own political career has been based. Jamil
■ Madfai was however ready to accept office as Prime
Minister.
6. Very Confidential.
His Royal Highness proposes therefore to
iress Taha to deal with military clique without
further delay. He anticipates that if pressed hard
enough. Prime Minister will resign and intends beforehand
to visit Basra with the King and Royal Family and remain
there until danger of exposure to military pressure at
Bagdad has been removed.
7. Above developments would be in line with.
those foreseen in my telegram No.11 Saving to Cairo
transmitted to London from there and in my telegram
No*115. While they obviously involve some risk it should
be less than risk taken in evicting Rashid Ali. I
propose therefore to press Minister for Foreign Affairs in . ■
the sense that if after all this time and in present favourable
circumstances Taha cannot put his declared pro-British
policy into practical effect, he should make way for a
successor who can 0
Repeated saving to Government ot India No 3 26,
Angora No.19, Jerusalem No c 52, Tehran No<>27, Political
Resident at Koweit NOo4. Please repeat to Cairo as my
telegram No.81 (to pass also to Jedda as my telegram
No.15 Saving).

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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)
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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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