File 7251/1920 Pt 3 'Arabia: Situation and Policy; Agenda for Inter Departmental Committee Meetings' [206r] (48/268)
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Great Britain, on her side, undertakes to use her influence to secure for the
commerce and navigation of all the High Contracting Parties, while engaged in lawful
enterprises, treatment as favourable as that which she may be able to secure fnr
In view of the predominant interests of Great Britain in the maintenance of peace
and prosperity of the Arabian Peninsula, the High Contracting Parties agree to respect
any treaties on the general lines of tho^e already concluded between His Britannic
Majesty’s Government and the rulers of the said peninsula, other than the King of the
These various treaties contain, generally, dispositions that His Britannic Majesty’s
Government should arbitrate in all disputes between the said chiefs, should protect
them from attack by sea, and should guarantee their independence without interference
in their internal affairs ; while the chiefs engage to keep open the roads leading to the
Hoi} 7 Places, and not to enter into treaty with foreign Powers, or to alienate territory
or grant concessions without the consent of His Majesty’s Government.
For the purpose of suppressing all commerce tending to promote or aggravate
unrest in the peninsula, such as the trade in arms, the sale of slaves, &c., the British
naval forces shall be at liberty to co-operate with the Arab chiefs concerned in enforcing
such prohibitions, and, in particular, the provisions of the convention for the control of
the arms traffic in their territorial waters.
The administration of Cameran shall be entrusted to His Britannic Majesty’s
Government in or ler that the quarantine station may he maintained there, and that of
the islands of Jebel Teir, Centre Peak Island of the Zebayir group and Abu Ail, shall
be equally entrusted to Great Britain for the maintenance ot the lights therein. Great
Britain shall also be entrusted with the maintenance of the lighthouses at Mocha.
His Britannic Majesty’s Government will make it its especial care to see that the
chiefs with whom it is in treaty relations afford every facility compatible with the
requirements of public health to the pilgrim traffic.
Sir, Foreign Office, September 29, 1919.
I am directed by Karl Curzon of Kedleston to acknowledge receipt of your letter
No. P. 5656 of the 18th September, enclosing copies of telegrams of Ge 11th and
14th September from the Civil Commissioner, Bagdad, on the subject of I bn rush id.
Lord Curzon presumes that Mr. Secretary Montagu will issue instructions to the
Civil Commissioners as to the line which he should adopt at his foit learning mee ing
with Ibn Bashid, and his Lordship would be glad of an opportunity of expressing
opinion on the proposed instructions before they are actually despatched. _
In this connection his Lordship invites Mr. Montagus attention to t is . epait
ment telegram No. 642 dated the 24th May to His Majesty s High Commissioner at
Cairo on the subject of the proposed negotiations with the Imam of anaa, o v\ ^
copy was transmitted to you with this Department letter No. / A • ■/ ° L/
26th May last, and a further copy is now enclosed for convenience o re ei t nee. .
His Lordship ventures to suggest that the general line o po icy an ov\ n in ns
telegram might usefully be followed in any discussion with n asn . ie
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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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