Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [252r] (503/513)
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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exchange of benefits#
(3) To strengthen the bonds of friendship and collaboration
with the Saadabad Powers#
(4) To maintain friendly relations with all other friendly
"As regards internal policy, greater attention is to be
paid to the spread of a spirit of security and tranquillity in
the country, and to the protection of personal freedom by.
ensuring respect of the Constitution and other laws as being
above all other considerations.
"As regards Finance: the Government will endeavour to
curtail unnecessary expenditure and to postpone expenditure on
schemes capable of postponement until after the present crisis
thereby enabling the Government to save and to create a reserve
to meet the crisis which must at all times be reckoned with."
The debate on the statement was opened by Saiyid Abdul
Mahdi with a lengthy speech in which he held in review the 19
similar past Cabinet programmes which, he said, were almost
alike in their attractive contents, but were never carried into
practical effect expect in a very small measure, owing to the
weakness shorn by successive Iraqi Parliaments in the exercise
of their constitutional rights#
In the latter part of his lengthy speech, Deputy Saiyid
Abdul Mahdi referred to Syria and Palestine and the acts of
hanging, pillage and banishment taking place in that country
and, after referring to the unfulfilled pledges made to Arabs
by the Allies in the 1914 war, he said:-
"When in 1916 the Allies found themselves in pressing need
for the support of the Arabs they promised the latter fulfilment
of their claims. The Allies* need for Arab support at the
present moment is stronger than it was in 1916. I hope that the
burning Palestinian question will be given due consideration by
our Great Ally, as I also hope that those in places of
responsibility, with the people behind them, will do all they can
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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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