US embassy cable - 02AMMAN2258

GOJ TAKES ACTIONS TO DISCOURAGE BOYCOTT OF U.S. PRODUCTS

Identifier: 02AMMAN2258
Wikileaks: View 02AMMAN2258 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-05-08 11:48:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: KBCT PREL ETRD IS US JO
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C O N F I D E N T I A L AMMAN 002258 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/08/2007 
TAGS: KBCT, PREL, ETRD, IS, US, JO 
SUBJECT: GOJ TAKES ACTIONS TO DISCOURAGE BOYCOTT OF U.S. 
PRODUCTS 
 
REF: A. AMMAN 2221 
     B. STATE 84703 
     C. AMMAN 2093 
 
Classified By: CDA Gregory L. Berry for Reasons 1.5 (B)(D) 
 
1.  (C)   Responding to our earlier demarche on the local 
call for a boycott of U.S. goods (ref a), Acting Foreign 
Minister Shaher Bak told Charge and PolCouns May 8 that Prime 
Minister Ali Abul Ragheb was trying to discourage the boycott 
of U.S. goods in Jordan.  Bak reported that Abul Ragheb has 
over the past two days spoken to prominent members of the 
private sector and media, as well as the pro-boycott 
professional associations, telling them that the boycott 
hurts Jordanian companies and could cost Jordanian jobs.  Bak 
said the PM had asked these groups to "take the interests of 
Jordan and its economy into account" before calling for a 
boycott of U.S. goods.  Holding up a copy of the Islamist 
weekly paper al-Sabeel, however, Bak said it would be 
impossible for the GOJ to convince Islamic activists to give 
up their boycott calls. 
 
2.  (C)  PolCouns separately covered the same ground with Ali 
al-Ayed, Personal Assistant to FonMin Marwan Muasher. 
PolCouns noted that several contacts had heard direct calls 
for boycott of U.S. products in Amman mosques during Friday 
prayers.  Ayed said that the Ministry would contact the 
Ministry of Religious Affairs and ask that it discourage 
leaders of prayer from repeating the boycott call during 
Friday prayers. 
BERRY 

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