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Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [‎93r] (185/513)

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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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Following facts have now heen revealed, tjn the moi*ning
of January 26th the Cabinet met and all members except Rashid
All agreed that Cabinet must resign. Umar Nasimi anajDadiq
Bassam thereupon handed in their resignations but others
During nifdit of January 26th Rashid I\ll told Regent that
Sadiq Bassam had reconsidered his decision and he also exerte
great pressure on Regent to sign iradah for appointment of
Umar Hazmi acting Minister of Justice and Naji Suwaidi ac .
Ulniater for Foreign Affaire. Whether Umar iiazmi party)
to this action is not yet clear. Regent at r J; i ^ sed ^ ut
yielded when pressed by Chief of General Staif an~ *jalaa ua
Din. and confronted with an alternative demand for the
appointment of Yunis Sabawi, an extremist Mosul lawyer and
deputy and Ali Mahmoud another extremist lawyer who until
recently was an unsatisfactory Mutsarif of Basra.
This morning Prime Minister again put forward recomnendaticn
for these two to^e given portfolios hut the Heg^t apparently
with some eup>ort from President of the Senate, has so far
No official statement has yet been published. But Cabinet
now seems to consist of Kashid All, Taha, Saji Suwaidi, Umar
a-mi, Sadiq Bassam and Kauf Bahrani, hut trine iuinlster
«?r?riv oan^ot carry on for long with only five colleagues and
it mat he foreseen thi.t he will continue to bring pressure on
„ , t to appoint other Ministers. Heaaonahle men ni'e not
likely to be willing to join and his nominations are therefo
I fear, likely to he men of type of two mentioned above.
r.egent who is somewhat exhausted today has let me know
that he has no intention of abdicating.
Repeated to Cairo No. 17 (Please to 2 ^ e ^L?^
Government of India No. 12 Angora telegram No. ^7 Jerusalem .
5 Tehran No. 10 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)

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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