US embassy cable - 02AMMAN2298

JORDAN LIKELY TO ABSTAIN OR BE ABSENT ON WHA VOTE ON TAIWAN OBSERVER STATUS

Identifier: 02AMMAN2298
Wikileaks: View 02AMMAN2298 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-05-09 14:18:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL TW JO WHO
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C O N F I D E N T I A L AMMAN 002298 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/09/2003 
TAGS: PREL, TW, JO, WHO 
SUBJECT: JORDAN LIKELY TO ABSTAIN OR BE ABSENT ON WHA VOTE 
ON TAIWAN OBSERVER STATUS 
 
REF: SECSTATE 87649 
 
Classified By: PolCouns Doug Silliman for reasons 1.5 (B)(D) 
 
1.  (C)  PolCouns spoke May 9 with Dr. Khaled al-Tahaineh, 
Deputy Director of the Foreign Ministry's International 
Organizations Department regarding Taiwan's bid to gain 
observer status in the WHO.  Tahaineh confirmed ref 
information that Jordan is likely to either abstain on or be 
absent from any WHA vote to grant Taiwan observer status in 
the WHO.  Tahaineh said, however, that he was unaware of any 
formal Jordanian promise to Taiwan to abstain. 
 
2.  (C)  We note that a Mr. Shen from the Taiwanese 
commercial office in Amman called us May 9 and asked for U.S. 
intervention to secure Jordan's support for Taiwan's WHO bid. 
 We responded that we would refer the question to Washington. 
BERRY 

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