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Great Britain Will Not Interfere in Fight Between Hussein and Saoud, Ramsay Macdonald Declares

October 2, 1924
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His Majesty’s Government adhere to their traditional policy of non-interference in religious matters. The Government is not prepared to enter any entanglements or to participate in any struggle concerning the possession of the Holy places of the Moslem religion”, Ramsay MacDonald declared today in Parliament, answering a question put to him in the House of Commons, concerning the march of the Wahabi forces on Mecca.

“If both parties will spontaneously ask the British Government to assist them in reaching a peaceful settlement, Great

Britain will undertake the task”, the Prime Minister stated.

Replying to the question concerning British representation in Nejd, the country under the rule of Sultan Ibn Saoud, MacDonald said that he was certain if all the facts were disclosed concerning the situation in Nejd, Parliament would be unwilling to re-establish relations with this part of Arabia by sending a British representative there.

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