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Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [‎113r] (225/513)

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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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From: EGYP T.
Decypher. Sir M. Lamoson (Cairo).
17th January, 1941.
D. 10.10 p.m. 17th January, 1941.
R. 1.05 p.m.-, 19th January, 1941.
No. 120.
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My t'elegimin No. 1841*
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' • Prime Minister has read to me extempore translation
of reply from Irapi Prime ivlinister,-substance of which
is as follows:’
After explaining that translation belligerent
government was a mistake for friendly government vsee
Bagdad telegram No. 847 to me;, Iraqi Prime Minister
asserts that Iraqi Government are executing treaty
loyalty because they are sure that fulfilment ol
aims of Egypt, Iraq and other Arabic nations will be
far easier in agreement with the British ally.
2. Egyptian Prime Minister added that in conversation
with Egyptian representative at Bagdad, Iraqi Prime
Minister had asserted that the last thing he ^isheo. was
to be against England, but that he could not help being
upset about the attitude of Great Britain towards
Palestine. He agreed with the White Paper but saw r,
reaSSh for delay in its execution. He feared that after
the war, in which he hoped and was sure that England
would be victorious, America,who would have afforded, ner
great help in achieving victory and was pressed by Jews,
would influence England against the Arabs
He wanted England to understand that m Arabic nations
she would find better friends than elsewhere and that
it was to her interest to appease the Arabs over this
question with a view to strengthening their collaboration
during the rest of the war.
3 . I did not discuss substance either of the two
above communications but confined mysel f to t
His Excellency for his friendly response to aa r request
for representations in Bagdad. But I read to him in
strict confidence paraphrase of.certain passages in your
telegram No. 9 to Jedda as proving definite falseness of
Iraqi Prime Minister’s assertion that.he was acting
loyally by us or executing Anglo-Iraqi treaty.
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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)
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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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