US embassy cable - 05CAIRO2515

MAGEN DAVID ADOM ISSUE: FOREIGN MINISTER COMMITS TO "STUDY, RESEARCH, AND TRY TO HELP"

Identifier: 05CAIRO2515
Wikileaks: View 05CAIRO2515 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Cairo
Created: 2005-03-30 16:15:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PGOV PHUM PREF EG IS SW ICRC
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C O N F I D E N T I A L CAIRO 002515 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/30/2015 
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, PHUM, PREF, EG, IS, SW, ICRC 
SUBJECT: MAGEN DAVID ADOM ISSUE:  FOREIGN MINISTER COMMITS 
TO "STUDY, RESEARCH, AND TRY TO HELP" 
 
REF: A. CAIRO 2481 
 
     B. STATE 54788 (NOTAL) 
     C. CAIRO 2058 (NOTAL) 
     D. CAIRO 1798 (NOTAL) 
     E. STATE 31746 (NOTAL) 
 
Classified by Charge Gordon Gray for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1.  (C) The Charge met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed 
Aboul Gheit March 30 to press the GOE to support a Swiss 
diplomatic conference on bringing Israel's Magen David Adom 
society into the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement.  (Other 
topics are reported septel/NOTAL.)  Drawing on the points 
contained in refs B and E, the Charge noted that the 
Government of Egypt had been actively involved in 
preparations for a conference in 2000 and played a helpful 
role.  The conference did not occur in 2000 because of 
regional developments.  Times have changed, however, and the 
time is now right to hold the conference.  This issue is a 
humanitarian one, the Charge continued, and is important to 
the Secretary.  The Charge asked the Foreign Minister to 
support the Swiss conference, and urged him to signal 
Egyptian support to the Swiss Government. 
 
2.  (C) Aboul Gheit answered that he had received a short 
briefing on the topic immediately before the meeting with the 
Charge (due to the Acting DCM's March 29 demarche reported in 
ref A).  Stating that he would respond formally at a later 
date, Aboul Gheit suggested that the Embassy continue its 
consultations with foreign ministry staff.  Concluding, he 
said Egypt would "work within the (Organization of Islamic 
Conferences) group," and that he would "study, research, and 
try to help" on this issue. 
 
3.  (C) Later the same day, poloff told the Swiss Embassy 
political officer that it would be helpful for the new Swiss 
Ambassador to raise the issue when he meets with the Egyptian 
Assistant Minister for Multilateral Affairs next week (ref 
A).  Our initial soundings with the Israeli Embassy in Cairo 
indicated that it is not yet engaged with Egypt on this 
topic.  Our next intended contact will be with the head of 
the Egyptian Red Crescent Society to determine what feedback 
he has received from his government and other Arabs on this 
issue. 
 
 
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GRAY 

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