Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [251r] (501/513)
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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ENCLOSURE IN BAGDAD DESPATCH
NO.160 DATED 10th APRIL 1940
Proceedings of Parliament
> Chamber of Deputies
Meeting of Saturday. 6th April. 1940.
The meeting, which lasted for some three and half hours,
was devoted to the discussion of the Governments programme*
This was read by the Prime Minister and was as follows:-
Our Cabinet has shouldered the burden of responsibility
trusting in God and in the confidence of His Highness the
Regent and of the members of this House. Relying on the
cooperation of the Iraqi people in these difficult times it will
undertake whatever the progress of the country demands in any
"The lines of policy to he followed hy the Cabinet do
not differ from those -generally followed hy previous Cabinets, in
particular hy the Saidi Cabinet the majority of whose members
are included in the present Cabinet. The latter’s programme,
which was endorsed by the House, deals with the country’s most
pressing needs and we see therefore no necessity for repeating
it here where deeds, not ornate phraseology and wordy repetition
expected of us, deeds which rouse the country to take action
where its needs are vital. We cannot but reaffirm, however,
that our first duty as regards foreign policy must be:-
(X) To strengthen the foundations of Arab Alliance and to
continue to work for the realization of the aspirations of
other neighbouring Arab countries, whose ties with Irao anc
Arab States and whose need for independence and freedom
should be the mutual aim of them all. This aim is a
complement to Irak’s foreign policy as appli ed to the
obligations and promises contracted by the Allies and the
aims announced by them.
(2) TO mm «. obligations of „ a allWa
h Great Britain on the basis of mutual interest and
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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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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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