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Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [‎94r] (187/513)

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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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With the Cornp’iments
^^ihl&^iecrstary of State
for Foreign Affairs
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Decypher. Sir B, Newton (Bagdad)
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4.25 a.m.
1st Fehruary, 1941.
1st February, 1941.
2nd February, 1941.
Regent has asked Taha to form Cabinet and according to
Taufia Suwaidi he has already submitted the' following names oo
His Royal Highness: Umar Nazmi*Interior*and acting Justice;
Sadiq*Bassam* Education; Aliltantaz Finance; Abdul Mahdi.
Economics; *Hamdi*Pachachi Social affairs; Taha al Hashimi
acting Defence.
„ Ali Jaudat and Jamil *Madfai* who have heen in touch with
, ' the Regent are said hy Taufiq Suvfaidi to have heen unwilling o
' form Government themselves and to have supported the view tnat
the task should he entrusted to Taha.
Regent is remaining in Diwaniyah for the time being.
Taufiq Suwaidi has heen asked to join the Cabinet as Minister
for Foreign Affairs and sounded me as to what the attitude ox
His Majesty's Government was likely to he towards it. I let im
know that His Majesty’s Government desired to 4 . co J; ; !' a ^ ora ^® vp7 ,
heartily as possible with any Iraqi Government which would however
he judged hy their actions.
1 I pointed out that so long as it remained, presence of
Italian Legation would continue to poison the atmosphere and that
His Majesty's Government would no doubt expect that any Iraqi
Government' which sincerely desired to C0_ °P e ^ e
and refute allegations and insinuations about foreign interference
in Rashid All's letter of resignation and m addition give proper
lead to public opinion.
The impression conveyed hy Taufiq Suwaidi was that he would
probably join Taha but that Cabinet might be of transitional
character. If it is true that Jamil *Madfai* is not yet able
to form a Government stop-gap alternative may be unavoia
Repeated«to Cairo No.25, Jerusalem No.72, Tehran No.15,
Jedda No.12. Ansora No.35. Delhi No.18.

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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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