US embassy cable - 02AMMAN6024


Identifier: 02AMMAN6024
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Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-10-17 04:59:00
Classification: SECRET//NOFORN
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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 AMMAN 006024 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/14/2012 
Classified By: Ambassador Edward W. Gnehm.  Reasons 1.5 (b,d). 
1. (S/NF) In a cordial meeting October 10 with FonMin 
Muasher, visiting S/CT Coordinator Francis X. Taylor conveyed 
the U.S.'s appreciation for Jordan's superb cooperation on 
the war on terrorism, reiterated strong U.S. interest in 
stopping Iranian resupply flights to Hizbullah, and said that 
as the international community's combined efforts to fight 
terror proceeds, a greater focus will center on the legal 
sphere.  Muasher noted that, after an apparent lull, 
Hizbullah -- with Syrian blessing  -- has once again 
ratcheted up its activities.  The Syrians, Muasher opined, 
want to make sure "no one forgets them."  End Summary. 
2. (C) Visiting S/CT Coordinator Francis Taylor, accompanied 
by the Ambassador, S/CT Mark Shaheen, and Poloff, met with 
Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher October 10.  Also present was 
Muasher's personal assistant Ashraf Zeitoon. 
Many Thanks 
3. (C)  Ambassador Taylor began the meeting by conveying to 
Muasher the USG's "great appreciation for Jordan's superb 
coordination with us and with others in the war on 
terrorism."  Taylor characterized U.S.-Jordanian CT 
cooperation as "strong as any we have."  FM Muasher responded 
that "we too are happy" with the level of CT cooperation 
between the two countries.  In this context, Muasher noted 
joint U.S.-GOJ efforts to extradite Mullah Krekar from the 
Netherlands as a concrete example of that cooperation (He 
also characterized Dutch action thus far on the Krekar case 
as "not as helpful as they could be.") 
4. (C) Taylor agreed that the Krekar case constituted an 
important opportunity, and added that it highlighted the 
increasingly important role cooperation in the legal sphere 
will play in the war on terrorism.  He said that UNSCR 1373 
has provided the international community the framework to 
tackle the threat of terrorism, and it is now vitally 
important for countries to put in place laws to make that 
happen.  He underlined that the U.S. stood ready to assist 
Jordan in any way in this effort. 
Iranian Overflights 
5. (S/NF) Ambassador Taylor then raised the issue of Iranian 
overflights and the destabilizing consequences of Iran's 
resupply of weaponry to Hizbullah.  Taylor stressed that 
"this is a very, very important issue for us, and one we are 
raising with all our partners in the region.  We want to shut 
it off, and get the Iranians to change their approach."  He 
noted that visiting Washington analysts had had very useful 
discussions earlier that day with their Jordanian 
6. (S/NF) Muasher responded that Jordan "wants to do what we 
can" on the issue.  He noted two concerns: (1) "that we can 
do this under international law," and (2) that the flights 
"are only over our territory for three minutes."  Although 
stating that Jordan takes this issue seriously and would 
study any new information the U.S. provides carefully, he 
added "we think the Saudis' ability to act is much greater 
than ours." 
Hizbullah's Actions and Syrian Motivations 
7. (S) Muasher noted that Hizbullah's activities "appear to 
be picking up again, after a lull for a while." (Note: 
Earlier in the day, the GID had provided Ambassador Taylor an 
extensive briefing on Hizbullah's activities in the region 
and in Jordan, and on the GOJ's efforts to counter them.  End 
note.)  The reason for this, he said, was that "the Syrians 
want to tell everyone not to forget them, not to exclude 
them.  Since 9/11 they have felt nervous that their role in 
the Peace Process is not as it was before, and that they 
don't have as much power to control things as they once did. 
They are not happy with our role because we have kind of 
replaced them as the third leg, and they are also clashing 
more and more with the Saudis and the Egyptians.  At every 
meeting we have with them, I end up having an argument with 
Shara'a -- I don't even have to open my mouth." 
8. (U) Ambassador Taylor cleared on this message. 

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