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Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [‎183r] (365/513)

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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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Mr. Stone hewer Bird (Je( .dap
9.40 a.m. 9th
10.00 p.m. 9th December, 1940.
1 After assuring me of his continued loyalty to Great
Britain and of his conviction that t ^ e + futur f h P r oo 1 ^ r tn y a
of all Arabs depended on a British victory, Ibn ^ud m
message conveyed by Sheikh Yusuf Yasin said that he was
seriously worried by reports reaching him from uagdad.
Relations between Iraqi Government and His Majesty s
Government were not, according to his imormation, as clos
as they should be. He understood Iraqi ^acter ana knew
that a number of their politicians were actuated by selfish
rather than religious or patriotic motives but there were
some good men and the best, he was corivinceu, '-vas^th
present Prime Minister. He hoped His Majesty s .-overnmen
would continue to support Rashid -di who could be relied
ilfjcn to'act [?gp. orntd: in] Iraq s ana Britain s best
interests. Ahy Arab, Ibn Baud ctpntinuea, who favoured
the Axis cause was a traitor to his religion, the ..rab
cause and to his country. Ibo much attention g®
felt, be paid to anti-British talk which was, for the most
part, indulged in for internal political purposes. traq
loSB never pursue an anti-British prproyNazi policy and,
if need arose, would be solidly behind Britain*
2. Ibn Baud honed that His Majesty;s Government would
understand that he"had no personal motive in tnus
Fop undec -9 exonerate]ing him and that his sole object
was'to Promote full understanding and co-operation between
British and Arabs in all countries. Ii Bis majesty s .
Government th 9 Ught that he could usefully advise i.ashid m
any sense desired by them, he ¥/ould gladly do so.
No. ob ana Miaaie uast imeiju-gc
Jerusalem No. 72,
13 DEC 1940

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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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