No Further Negotiations with Hed. Jaz, Says British Government

The British Government has, in view of King Husseins’s abdication, intimated its inability to negotiate further on the subject of the Draft Treaty between Great Britain and the Hedjaz, as amended by King Hussein, states Reuter’s Agency.

Dr. Naji-el-Assil, who has received from King Ali plenipotentiary powers to continue negotiations on behalf of the new King, has, in response to this intimation, handed a Note to the British Government asserting that King Ali never associated himself with King Hussein’s amendments, and stating that his plenipotentiary powers to sign a new Treaty are absolutely without reservation. The Note adds that the amendments made by King Hussein are therefore non-existent and that the Treaty now before the Foreign Office is precisely that of last June which was agreed to in principle by the British Government. Dr. Naji proceeds to state that Article 4 of this Treaty expressed the disposition of the British Government to use its good offices in facilitating a solution of any dispute between the Hedjaz and the Nejd and expresses the hope that in view of the new situation brought about by the abdication of King Hussein, the Government will find itself in a position to exercise its good offices. King Ali is anxious to know the attitude of the British Government in the present situation.

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