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02AMMAN2693 2002-05-28 07:44:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Amman
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JORDAN DECLINES TO DEMAND SEARCH OF IRANIAN PLANE;

Tags:   PREL PTER IR SY JO 
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					  S E C R E T AMMAN 002693 

SIPDIS

NOFORN

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/27/2012
TAGS: PREL PTER IR SY JO
SUBJECT: JORDAN DECLINES TO DEMAND SEARCH OF IRANIAN PLANE;
WILL LIKELY DENY CLEARANCE

REF: SECSTATE 101892

Classified By: Amb. Edward W. Gnehm for reasons 1.5 (B), (C), (D)



1. (S) The Ambassador made ref points on Iranian aerial
resupply of Hizballah May 27 to Foreign Minister Marwan
Muasher. PolCouns and Muasher's personal aide Ali al-Ayed
were also present. The Ambassador asked that Jordan grant
overflight clearance for a possible May 28 Iranian resupply
flight, then demand that the plane land for inspection once
it enters Jordanian airspace.



2. (S/NF) Muasher responded that a decision to take such
action was "more security than political" and requested that
we also consult through ORCA channels. Noting that Saudi
Arabia has much more airspace through which an Iranian plane
would have to fly, he inquired whether the U.S. was making a
parallel demarche in Saudi Arabia (the Ambassador confirmed
that we were). Muasher promised to check and get us an
answer as soon as possible.



3. (S) Less than an hour after the demarche, Ayed called
PolCouns to say that the GOJ had decided that it could
not/not grant clearance to an Iranian plane then demand that
it submit for inspection. Instead, as had been Jordan's
recent practice, Ayed said, if Iran makes an overflight
request, Jordan will likely not grant clearance. He
commented that only in one or two cases has Iran actually
requested overflight of Jordan for a civilian cargo flight
bound for Syria, despite the fact that the USG has made
numerous demarches in recent months that such requests were
forthcoming.



4. (S) COMMENT: The GOJ is clearly not ready to expose
itself to Iran, Syria, and Hizballah by asking that an
Iranian cargo flight land for inspection. While they have
not told us so, the Jordanians may calculate that an Iranian
pilot would simply ignore or delay answering an inspection
request for the few minutes the airplane would be in
Jordanian airspace. That would leave them politically
exposed to no practical purpose. They will likely, however,
continue denying overflight clearance to Iranian civilian
cargo planes about which we give them advance notice.
Gnehm