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Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [‎83r] (165/513)

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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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6 th February, 1941
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6 th February, 1941.
8 th February, 1941.
No. 114 ;
Royal Iradah adjourning Parliament until February 20th
was read in Cnamber this morning. Following are main
points of statement by Prime Minister former cabinet resigned
because of their inability to obtain agreement of the head of
state to dissolution of the Chamber and not, as had been said,
on account of foreign intrigues. All reports and rumours
to the contrary were untrue. Foreign policy of new.
Government did not differ from that followed by earlier Iraqi
Government, aims of v/hich had been recently enumerated,
by late Prime Minister before Finance Committee. Iraq had
I not been called on by her Ally Great Britain to .do anything
l likely to involve her in war. Iraq had been discharging
her treaty obligations towards Great Britain and Government
were determined to strengthen relations of friendship with
Great Britain on the basis of the alliance and the exchange
of mutual benefits. Iraq should avoid the calamities oi
war so that she could develop under peaceful conditions.
He hoped the Chamber would appreciate the neea lor a.shor,
adjournment to enable the new cabinet to prepare eir
programme and to study business to be dealt with y
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2. Full Arabic text will be sent for broadcastingo
Repeated to Cairo No 0 36, Jerusalem No. 19, and
Saving to India, Tehran and Angora.
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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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