File No. 883.00/52
The Diplomatic Agent at Cairo (Arnold) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 20, 1914, 12:30 a.m.]
To-day Prince Hussein was proclaimed Sultan of Egypt by King George.
Extract from the British note to Prince Hussein
As regards foreign relations His Majesty’s Government deem it most consistent with the new responsibilities assumed by Great Britain that the relations between Your Highness’s Government and the representatives of foreign powers should henceforth be conducted through His Majesty’s representative in Cairo.
His Majesty’s Government have repeatedly placed on record that the system of treaties known as the capitulations by which Your Highness’s Government is bound are no longer in harmony with the development of the country but in the opinion of His Majesty’s Government the revision of those treaties may most conveniently be postponed until the end of the present war.