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Hedjas-britain Treaty Not Lost, It is Now Revealed

February 26, 1924
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Considerable comment has been aroused here over the disclosure of the fact that the treaty between Hedjas and Great Britain, which was reported lost between London and Amman, has in reality not been lost at all, but was received by King Hussein of Hedjas. The Conference in Amman had been called to consider the treaty and King Hussein’s failure to negotiate a treaty satisfactory to the Arabs was the direct cause of the political failure of the Conference.

It appears now that the text of the treaty was not acceptable to the Arab leaders and the Arab leaders from Palestine in particular, who refused to sanction a provision recognizing the right of the Jews to establish a National Homeland under the Balfour Declaration. Naj-El-Assil, Hussein’s representative in London, was censured for his part in the negotiation of the treaty and was charged with having granted too great concessions to the Zionists.

Hussein, it seems, was unwilling to embarrass his London representative by admitting that the latter had over-stepped his authority and so had Naj-el-Assil announce that the document had been lost transmit between London and Amman. Now it is rumored that Naj-el. Assil will not be returned to his post on London, but will be asked to resign.

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