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Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [‎230r] (459/513)

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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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My telegram No, 577o
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Taufiq Suwaidi^o Is unfriendly to the Minister
for Foreign Affairs, told me yesterday that a movement
was on foot to displace the Minister for Foreign Afiairs
and perhaps also Taha. Prime Minister might then oecom©
also Minister for Foreign Affairs. I left my in
formant in no doubt as to how unfavourably such a
change would appear from the British point of view,
having regard bo the attituce of the press and rumours
of Iraqi attempt to re-insure with our enemies.
*% whom I have just seen, confirmed Minister
for Foreign Affairs’ version of the position except as
regards Zaid. seemed to have no misgivings about
his loyalty but did not yet know whether ^aid was
returning nor even whether he was divorced. Regent
seemed favourably disposed to Madfai and to think that
both he and the Minister for Foreign Affairs out not
Taha might be able to serve under Mohammed >>&&&%& now_
President of the Senate, as Prime Minister. _ Regent
realised the importance of army and of develpping .
his own influence to prevent or control its incursions
into politics. He evidently contemplates early change
in the Government but I hinted that time was on his
side and that he should go slow until he was in a
position to make an immediate appointment of suitable
Repeated to Angora telegram No. 62. Jerusalem telegram
No. 93, Beirut telegram No. 36, Cairo telegram No. 160.
Please pass to Jedda telegram No. 41, Tehran telegram
No. 15 saving, Government of India telegram No. 12 savi ng,

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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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