US embassy cable - 85DAMASCUS4001

ASAD CONGRATULATES QADHAFI ON RUPTURE WITH IRAQ

Identifier: 85DAMASCUS4001
Wikileaks: View 85DAMASCUS4001 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Damascus
Created: 1985-06-27 10:29:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL SY LY IR
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
P 271029Z JUN 85
FM AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1801
INFO AMEMBASSY ALGIERS
AMEMBASSY AMMAN
AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
AMEMBASSY BEIRUT
AMEMBASSY CAIRO
AMCONSUL JERUSALEM
AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
AMEMBASSY RIYADH
AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV
AMEMBASSY TUNIS
USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL
CINCUSAFE RAMSTEIN AB GE
CINCUSNAVEUR LONDON UK
DIA WASHINGTON DC
C O N F I D E N T I A L DAMASCUS 04001 
 
E.O.12356:  DECL: OADR 
TAGS:  PREL, SY, LY, IR 
SUBJECT:  ASAD CONGRATULATES QADHAFI ON RUPTURE WITH IRAQ 
 
REF:  A) DAMASCUS 3952, B) DAMASCUS 3787 
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1.  (U) THE SYRIAN PRESS CARRIES AS SEPARATE ITEMS JUNE 27 
ASAD'S TELEPHQNE CALL TO QADHAFI ON JUNE 26 AND THE NEWS 
OF LIBYA'S APPEAL FOR THE EXPULSION OF IRAQ FROM THE 
ARAB LEAGUE AND ISLAMIC CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION.  TRIPOLI 
RADIO (FBIS LD262238) ELUCIDATES THAT, IN HIS CALL, 
ASAD "DENOUNCED" IRAQ'S SEVERANCE OF RELATIONS WITH 
LIBYA AND CONFIRMED SYRIA'S SUPPORT FOR LIBYA. 
 
2.  (C) COMMENT:  FROM ASAD'S PERSPECTIVE, QADHAFI HAS 
COME BACK TO HIS SENSES, AND DONE SO IN AN EVEN BETTER 
WAY THAN COULD HAVE BEEN HOPED FOR ONLY A FEW WEEKS AGO. 
TURAYKI'S TRIP TO BAGHDAD, ON THE HEELS OF COMING TO 
DAMASCUS, MUST HAVE GIVEN THE SYRIANS SOME PAUSE.  BUT 
ANY SYRIAN CONCERN HAS BEEN MORE THAN WASHED AWAY IN A 
FLOOD OF IRAQI-LIBYAN RECRIMINATIONS.  THE RAMADAN WAR 
OF THE CAMPS, AS THE SYRIANS PORTRAY IT, HAS BEEN 
SUCCESSFULY CONCLUDED; IN ANY EVENT, QADHAFI IS NO LONGER 
TALKING ABOUT THE PALESTINIAN  PREDICAMENT IN LEBANON IN 
WAYS THAT COME CLOSE TO ATTACKING SYRIA DIRECTLY.  WHILE 
LEBANON WILL CONTINUE TO BE A PROBLEM FOR SYRIA, 
LIBYA, AND IRAN, THERE IS EVERY PROSPECT THAT THEY WILL 
ALSO CONTINUE TO SEE EYE TO EYE ON IRAQ AND THE ARAB- 
ISRAELI CONFLICT. 
 
3.  (U) BEIRUT MINIMIZE CONSIDERED. 
 
GLAGPIE 

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