US embassy cable - 02AMMAN6785

LESSENING THE BLOW TO THE GOJ OF MOVING TO AUTHORIZED DEPARTURE

Identifier: 02AMMAN6785
Wikileaks: View 02AMMAN6785 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-11-20 19:48:00
Classification: SECRET//NOFORN
Tags: PREL ASEC US JO
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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S E C R E T AMMAN 006785 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR S, D, M, AND NEA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/20/2012 
TAGS: PREL, ASEC, US, JO 
SUBJECT: LESSENING THE BLOW TO THE GOJ OF MOVING TO 
AUTHORIZED DEPARTURE 
 
REF: A. AMMAN 6784 
 
     B. AMMAN 6695 
 
Classified By: Amb. Edward W. Gnehm for reasons 1.5 (B) and (D) 
 
1.  (S)  If the Department approves our request for 
authorized departure (ref A), we need to consider carefully 
how to soften the political impact of this decision on 
Jordan.  We should take steps to reassure the King and 
government that the U.S. continues to attach great value to 
the relationship, and that authorized departure will not 
damage our commitment to Jordan.  We will also have to 
consider carefully our public line and the impact it will 
have on the perception of the United States in Jordan and the 
region. 
 
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CALL FROM THE SECRETARY 
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2.  (S)  If the Department decides to approve authorized 
departure, and after the Ambassador has reported that 
decision to King Abdullah, we recommend that the Secretary 
call the King to reaffirm our strong commitment to Jordan -- 
especially our continued work on supplemental military and 
economic assistance packages -- and our intent to continue 
with the broad range of programs and exchanges in which we 
currently engage, including the availability of public 
services such as visas.  The Secretary should thank the King 
for the considerable security resources the GOJ has devoted 
to protecting the American community.  He should explain that 
the authorized departure decision does not represent a loss 
of confidence in the government, its security forces, or its 
commitment to protect Americans, but is rather a mechanism to 
give a limited number of staff and family members the option 
to leave post.  Likewise, we recommend that A/S Burns and/or 
other senior USG officials subsequently reiterate these 
points to PM Abul Ragheb, Foreign Minister Muasher, and other 
senior officials (including a possible call from DCI Tenet to 
GID Director Kheir). 
 
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MAINTAINING HIGH LEVEL OF EXCHANGES 
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3.  (S/NF)  It will be important that we demonstrate to the 
Jordanians early on and in concrete terms that authorized 
departure does not mean a lessening of the significant and 
profitable bilateral programs we have in many different 
areas:  military, intelligence, assistance, economic, law 
enforcement, training, and political.  We need to ensure 
that, to the maximum extent possible, we maintain these 
exchanges at current levels.  Many of these exchanges rely 
heavily on TDY personnel, however, and continuation of many 
programs will therefore require a continued flow of TDY 
support to the Mission from a number of agencies, including 
AID, ORCA, DOD, FBIS, and others.  We need to examine putting 
in place special arrangements to streamline and facilitate 
the approval of TDY travel from State and other agencies. 
 
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PUBLIC POSTURE 
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4.  (S)  Our public posture on authorized departure should be 
low key, but should reiterate our private message.  We 
recommend including the following points: 
 
--  The decision results from an overall assessment of the 
security situation in the wake of the Foley assassination. 
 
--  Jordanian security forces are making extraordinary 
efforts to provide protection for Americans in Jordan, and to 
identify and bring to justice the killers of Larry Foley. We 
are confident those efforts will ultimately be successful. 
 
--  The decision is not an evacuation and will not result in 
the closure of the Embassy or reduction of public services in 
any way.  It is rather a device to allow some in the Embassy 
community to exercise the option to leave post. 
 
GNEHM 

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