|Wikileaks:||View 02AMMAN4843 at Wikileaks.org|
|Classification:||UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY|
|Tags:||EAIR JO ICAO|
|Redacted:||This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.|
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UNCLAS AMMAN 004843 SIPDIS SENSITIVE ROME FOR CASLO KARL BROWN E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: EAIR, JO, ICAO SUBJECT: JORDANIAN VIEWS ON ICAO SYG, DESIRE FOR SEAT ON ICAO COUNCIL REF: STATE 134749 SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED, PLEASE HANDLE ACCORDINGLY 1. (SBU) Jordanian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Director General Hanna Najjar told us August 22 he agrees with the U.S. view that it is appropriate that the ICAO seek new leadership following the expiration of current SYG Renato Costa Pereira's second term in office. Najjar said that while Pereira had done "a fine job", two four-year terms were enough. He added that the Jordanian government had not yet considered who to support for the post and had not been approached by any potential candidates. 2. (SBU) Najjar said that as previously discussed between Jordanian officials and US Ambassador to the ICAO Stimpson, Jordan's priority interest is in gaining a seat on the ICAO Council. Najjar said this would reinforce Jordan's position as a regional leader on aviation security issues. We said we would pass along Najjar's comments. 3. (SBU) COMMENT: Jordan has indeed been working hard to stake out a leading position on aviation security issues, working closely with the United States and with ICAO. At the March ICAO ministerial, Jordan took a leading role in attempting to organize a common Arab position in support of U.S. initiatives. Since March, Jordan has been working with ICAO to organize a regional training program for aviation security auditors. Its cooperation with the United States on aviation security issues post-September 11 has been consistent and valuable, a position reinforced by a recent and positive assessment of Jordan's aviation security posture by the Transportation Security Administration. We believe that as a member of the Council, Jordan would share the U. S. approach to aviation security and other aviation initiatives. BERRY
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