US embassy cable - 03ABUDHABI843

UAEG ASSURES ARAB LEAGUE MINISTERIAL STATEMENT NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF MAJORITY VIEW

Identifier: 03ABUDHABI843
Wikileaks: View 03ABUDHABI843 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Abu Dhabi
Created: 2003-02-19 13:29:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PGOV AL TC
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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CONFIDENTIAL

SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                        February 19, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 843 - PRIORITY)         

TAGS:     PREL, PGOV                                             

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Subject:  UAEG ASSURES ARAB LEAGUE MINISTERIAL STATEMENT NOT     
          REPRESENTATIVE OF MAJORITY VIEW                        

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C O N F I D E N T I A L        ABU DHABI 00843

SIPDIS
CXABU:
    ACTION: POL 
    INFO:   DCM P/M RSO AMB ECON 

DISSEMINATION: POL
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: AMB: MMWAHBA
DRAFTED: POL: MMMENARD
CLEARED: A/DCM: TEWILLIAMS; POL: STWILLIAMS

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DE RUEHAD #0843 0501329
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 191329Z FEB 03
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8469
INFO RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI PRIORITY 2806
C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 000843 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR NEA/ARP 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/19/08 
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, AL, TC 
SUBJECT: UAEG ASSURES ARAB LEAGUE MINISTERIAL 
STATEMENT NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF MAJORITY VIEW 
 
REF: CAIRO 1297 
 
1.  (U) Classified by Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba for 
reasons 1.5 (b) and (d). 
 
2.  (C) During a 19 February meeting with the Ambassador, 
MFA Asst U/S Abdullah Rashid Al-Nuaimi provided a candid 
readout on the Arab League Extraordinary Ministerial held 
in Cairo 15-16 February.  Noting that he attended because 
he thought it would be a "good show", Al-Nuaimi commented 
that there was much disagreement at the Ministerial, which 
ended in frustration for most attendees. 
 
3.(C) Al-Nuaimi stated that it became quickly apparent 
there was no consensus on Iraq and the Ministers did not 
intend to issue a statement at the conclusion of the 
Ministerial.  In the end it was pushed through by some, 
namely Syria with Lebanon for cover in the President's 
chair.  The UAEG official commented that attendees allowed 
the statement's issuance, even though it did not reflect 
the opinion of the majority, because given the deep 
divisions "it's just a paper and doesn't mean much."  Al- 
Nuaimi continued that "We all want a unified Arab position, 
but one that is realistic and not just rhetoric to be 
written in the newspapers.  Now is not the time for such 
rhetoric!"  Al-Nuaimi added that he doubted very much a 
Summit would be held at the end of the month.  "There was 
total disagreement at the Ministerial level, why embarrass 
the Heads of State?" 
 
WAHBA 

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