THE EGYPTIAN PROBLEM
Mehemet All and his successors, which had enabled Khedive Ismail to boast that " Egypt was no longer Africa, but was a part of Europe." It passed over the disorders which brought about the Occupation, but laid stress on the repeated given by Great Britain that the Occupation was to merely temporary, and, whilst not ignoring the good work done by Englishmen during the it dwelt on the disabilities it had imposed upon and the damaging effects of an alien tutelage, for there had ceased to be any excuse, upon the moral intellectual development of the nation. It and emphasised the very great services of different which Egypt had rendered to the Allied cause in "t/tte prosecution of the war. It denounced the Protectox"€t-fce as a war-measure which had no moral or legal as no attempt had ever been made to obtain for it consent and approval of the Egyptian people. It on therefore to formulate the Egyptian demands, wholeii were the recognition and free enjoyment of natioxt^l independence and of Egypt's full and sole sovereigxxtry over the Sudan as well as over Egypt proper. In it promised ample security for the discharge of financial obligations and for the rights enjoyed by foreign communities settled in the country. It affirrtxocL in conclusion, the unprecedented unanimity with whiot the Egyptian nation had entrusted its cause to t>]a€ Delegation, and it registered an indignant protest against the arbitrary action of the British authorities in refrasing permission for its members to proceed to Paris in discharge of their mission.
Meanwhile, Egyptian Ministers had begun to giro^w alarmed at a movement which left them entirely O"u.t> oj account. But they felt just as strongly as the H>ole gation itself that the time had arrived to press foot* £ definition of the position which Egypt was to occupy xxoi* that the war was over and the conditions which had loc to the proclamation of the Protectorate hadationalist programme was fully set forth. It was a plausible document. It gave a somewhat highly coloured picture of the immense progress made by the Egyptian people in the days of