File 7251/1920 Pt 3 'Arabia: Situation and Policy; Agenda for Inter Departmental Committee Meetings' [197r] (29/268)
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and special circumstances) because it has a natural tendency
to paralyse all initiative and self reliance in them but
at the same time I am not in favour of withholding from them
any legitimate source oi income, which might go a long way
to improve their condition and enable them to stand on their
own logs - which undoubtedly, is our ultimate goal in the
Moreover, the fact cannot bo lost sight of, that
while our Empire with its vast resources can easily afford
to ignore for a long time, such items of income as the Salif
Salt Mines, but a chief, placed in the situation of the
Idrisi with no parent Government to feed him fas was done by the
Turkish Government at Constantinople in the case of tho lato
Turkish Government in Yemen) cannot boar such a protracted
loss, ii, oi course, ultimately the Salif I oninsula is to be
assigned to him. As far as I can judge, I do not see any
reason why Salif should not go to the Idrisi, even if tho
Ottoman Debt may have any claims on it, because any other
policy with regard to it will be extremely rosented by the
Idrisi and all the Arab tribes in general which shall prove
most detrimental to our interests in this country and lead
to very bitter political consequences.
4. Having been disappointed by the Idrisi, the Italians
are making strong efforts to obtain mercantile concessions
dm the Yemen and are becking up Mahmud Uadhim in his anti-
Idrisi and anti-British propaganda.
Although I am not afraid that they shall succeod in their
efforts, it is quite • ossiblc that by representing thomselvos
as the allies of the fallen Turks and spreading their anti-
British propaganda through Mahmud Uadhim and his myrmidons -
the Mansahs and the mischievous pro-Turkish party in Eodeida
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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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