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Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [‎102r] (203/513)

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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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22nd January, 1941.
D. 10.00 a.m., 22nd January, 1941.
R. 9.45 p.m., 25rd January, 1941.
No. 44.
Your telegrain No. 9*
I duly conveyed message to Ihn Saud who asked me to let
him have it in writing when he would give me a considered
reply. In the meantime he asked me to give h is ,
Government strongest possible assurance that m this matter
he was actuated not hy personal feeling for Rashid .All, but
solely by his desire to see full agreement between his
Majesty's Government and Iraq.
2, Gist of Ibn Saud’s written reply is as follows:
We are most grateful to His Majesty s Government for
spirit in which they have received our message. We are
grieved to learn of Rashid Ali’s intrigues with the Axis
Powers We are advising him and other Iraqi statesmen,
without reference to His iiajesty’ s Government s message, that
to invoke the support of the Axis Powers 1 s to e-pose not only
Iraa but all Arabs to very great danger. We appreciate v^ e ,
patience which His Majesty's ( ^ verI ™ e ?L 1 + ia f h !^ 0 S 1 i s a Maiesty ? s t
PYprcise of this patience wisdom and tact that His Majesty s
Government 1 owe their success in handling delicate situations
We have therefore good hope that they will solve this proDiem.
We shall continue to do our hest and are confluent that His
Majesty's Government will do their hest to remove the cloud
of suspicion.
3. Ihn Saud asks me to assure His Majesty's Government
that he will never acquiesce in any [two ^eHxecution
discord between the Arabs and Britain ^ h in a ei the execut o
of Arab undertakings towards Britain, *£ 1 m ^v. :L n t h^ s
circumstances countenance any agreements
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spiritual and material interests. It e
flip greatest misfortune for Arabia if the
forbid) should gain foothold on thejpeninsula either throug
his own efforts or through action o± anj Arao.
Repeated to Cairo telegram No. 18 (for Bagdad telegram
No. 6 and Middle East Intelligence Centre telegram No. 20)
Jerusalem telegram No. 9.
olJAN 941
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.

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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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