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The Minister Resident in Iraq (Knabenshue) to the Secretary of State

107. The British Ambassador told me last night that he has just had several talks with the Regent regarding the failure of the Iraqi Government to fulfill more completely and in a more friendly spirit its obligation under their treaty of alliance and that more particularly he protested against acts and maneuvers by the Iraqi Government (and especially the Prime Minister) favorable to Britain’s enemies such as the recent re-establishment of telegraph communication between Iraq, Germany and Italy. He said that Germany’s declaration of friendship for the Arab countries in October was made at the instigation of the Iraqi Prime Minister. He has demanded a change of attitude of the Iraqi Government vis-à-vis the British which, in his opinion, can only be realized through a change of government which I gathered he had insisted upon. He told me that he therefore hoped for and expected the fall of the present Cabinet very shortly.