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File 7251/1920 Pt 3 'Arabia: Situation and Policy; Agenda for Inter Departmental Committee Meetings' [‎185r] (5/268)

The record is made up of 1 item (133 folios). It was created in 25 Jun 1920-4 Dec 1920. 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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(P 8577) From High Commissioner, Mesopotamia, '2nd December J920. 0465
(Repeated Foreign.)
(Received 3rd, 10 a.m.)
Clear the line.
I 4 vi, ^i? 1 ' Y ° Ur te!egraln ° f , the lst Decem ber, 3725, received 2nd December.
1. Fahad Beg receives a monthly stipend of Rs. 17,000 for the maintenance of
tribal lorces, whereivith he protects a considerable stretch of our western frontier
exj., on !3th November, his tribesmen seized a whole caravan of arms, en route from
Damascus The future Arab army may, perhaps, take over defence of this area, but
I dou ) w ic 101 it will be as ejlectual or as cheap. Payments to Fahad Beg, there
fore, are clearly distinct from subsidies which are of nature of a bribe not to attack,
3/iicl it \\ cis to tiiGSG that th-G paragraph m cjuGstion referred
As r eg a rds 11m Rashid, the situation has changed since my predecessor’s
telegram of 22nd June 1919, No 7012. My offer to meet the present Chief has met
with no satisfactoiy response, while his attitude to Ibn Sand is hostile, and I am not
prepared at present to make recommendations on his behalf.
3. As regards possible orders, I consider that subsidies should be confined so far
as practicable, to payments for services rendered or to capital investment for future
development.
4. My proposals for Bin Sand satisfy both these conditions ; nevertheless I
would not have urged them upon His Majesty’s Government at a time of such financial
stimgenc}, uere it not that we sdein confronted with a grave menace, not merely to
the peace of Mesopotamia, but rather to the interests of Great Britain in the East
and that 1 consider support of Bin Saud in such circumstances will more than justify
expenditure involved. J J

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This part of the volume contains correspondence and other papers concerning relations between Nejd, Transjordan, Hejaz, Yemen, and the Idrisi state, as well as policy in Arabia more generally. Correspondence comes from officials at 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. , Foreign Office, War Office, the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in Aden, the Office of the High Commissioner in Palestine, the Office of the High Commissioner in Cairo, the Office of the High Commissioner in Iraq, and the British Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Jeddah. Further correspondence comes from King Hussein [Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Hāshimī] of the Hejaz, his sons Emir Abdullah [ʿAbdullāh bin Ḥusayn al-Hāshimī] and Emir Feisal [Fayṣal bin Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Hāshimī], the French Ambassador in London, and officials of the German and United States Governments.

This part deals with relations between Nejd and the neighbouring territories of Transjordan, the Hejaz, Yemen, and the Idrisi state. Matters covered include the supply of Arms to the Idrisi, control of Hodeidah and the proposed withdrawal of the British garrison there, the British subsidy to Ibn Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd]of Nejd, efforts to reach an agreement between the Hejaz and Nejd, trouble along the Transjordan boundary involving the Ikhwan and local tribes, and future British policy in the region.

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File 7251/1920 Pt 3 'Arabia: Situation and Policy; Agenda for Inter Departmental Committee Meetings' [‎185r] (5/268), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/937/2, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100079424930.0x0000b1> [accessed 20 November 2019]

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