Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [54r] (107/513)
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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certainly make it clear that His Majesty’s Government are inclined to vie
aspirations with sympathy, for it is evident that, if the x\rab countne
co-operate closely with each other, they would greatly benefit from such collabora
tion. His Majesty’s Government therefore would not wish to oppose the principle
of “ Arab Federation ” if the matter were ever to be raised in a practical torm.
His Majesty’s Government would, however, be unwilling to take the initiative m
^drawing up any scheme for promoting Arab union, and they think that this
initiative must come from the Arabs themselves. It has always been the aim ot
His Majesty’s Government, as far as lies in their power,
relations between the Arab States, and you may certainly say that His Ma Je st ) •
Government will view with sympathy practical proposals to increase co-operation,
“ed that such proposals hive 'the support of all leadmg Arab groups and
that the international obligations and strategic requirements of His Majesty
Government are adequately safeguarded. p ii
13 Summary.—-I fear that the foregoing statement of what your Excellency
is authorised to say on the problems of Palestine. Syria and the Arab Federation
shows clearly that' t will not be feasible for you to endeavour to win over Arab
opinion by holding out attractive promises on these three matters. You will
however be able to cast doubt upon the value of any promises made by the A
Powers What guarantee, for example, except the armed *e B rit.i h
Firm ire is there or can there be, against the incorporation of I alestme, by
disLitas z'sr&z 'zzss&ft
WINSTON S. CHURCHILL.
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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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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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