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03ABUDHABI1344
2003-03-19 14:08:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Abu Dhabi
Cable title:  

(C) TFIZ01: UAE AIRSPACE TO STAY OPEN,

Tags:   EAIR  MOPS  ASEC  PREL  EAID  PGOV  AS  TC 
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CONFIDENTIAL

SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                           March 19, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 1344 - UNKNOWN)         

TAGS:     EAIR, MOPS, ASEC, PREL, EAID, PGOV                     

Captions: None                                                   

Subject:  (C)  TFIZ01:  UAE AIRSPACE TO STAY OPEN, AUSTRALIAN    
          DEPENDANTS ORDERED HOME, WFP TO OPEN IRAQ OFFICE IN    
          DUBAI                                                  

Ref:      None                                                   
_________________________________________________________________
C O N F I D E N T I A L        ABU DHABI 01344

SIPDIS
CXABU:
    ACTION: ECON 
    INFO:   DCM POL P/M AMB 
Laser1:
    INFO:   FCS 

DISSEMINATION: ECON
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: AMB:MMWAHBA
DRAFTED: ECON:TEWILLIAMS
CLEARED: POL:STWILLIAMS

VZCZCADI320
OO RUEHC RUCNRAQ RUEHBS RUEHBY RUEHDE
DE RUEHAD #1344 0781408
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 191408Z MAR 03
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8956
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS PRIORITY 0183
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA PRIORITY 0099
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI PRIORITY 2900
						C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 001344 

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

STATE FOR IRAQ TASK FORCE, ALSO NEA/ARP

LONDON AND BRUSSELS FOR FAA REPS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/19/08
TAGS: EAIR MOPS ASEC PREL EAID PGOV AS TC
SUBJECT: (C) TFIZ01: UAE AIRSPACE TO STAY OPEN,
AUSTRALIAN DEPENDANTS ORDERED HOME, WFP TO OPEN
IRAQ OFFICE IN DUBAI



1. (U) Classified by Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba
for reasons 1.5 (b, d).

IRAQ WAR WON'T CLOSE UAE AIRSPACE


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2. (SBU) Muhammad Al-Ghaith, the head of the UAE's
federal civil aviation authority, told Econchief
3/19 that he had just signed a circular ordering
UAE airspace to remain open in the event of an Iraq
contingency. Al-Ghaith said he did not expect air
traffic in the UAE would be significantly affected
by a war; perhaps a few carriers would reduce
flights, but others (including the UAE's own
Emirates Airline) would likely add service if
demand warranted.

AUSTRALIA ORDERS OUT DIPLOMATIC DEPENDANTS


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3. (C) Australian Ambassador Campbell told the
Ambassador 3/19 that Canberra has decided to pull
all diplomatic dependants from the UAE. All
diplomatic staff would remain, Campbell noted, but
given the regional the determination had been made
to send all dependants home. The Australian envoy
indicated that not having a similar measure to our
authorized or voluntary departure, the GOA had been
forced to choose between no action and the ordered
departure of dependants.

WFP IRAQ OFFICE IN DUBAI


--------------------------





4. (C) MFA A/USEC Abdullah Rashid Al-Nuaimi told
Polchief 3/19 that a WFP delegation had that
morning met with the MFA to discuss the possibility
of opening up an office in Dubai to coordinate
humanitarian food shipments to Iraq. Al-Nuaimi
said he thought the office would be opened "almost
immediately." In response to our demarche on
funding for WFP Iraq activities, the MFA official
noted that the WFP had not raised this issue and
that the UAE in any case will likely continue to
deliver its humanitarian aid, including food,
through the UAE Red Crescent Authority which still
has a good presence on the ground in Iraq and
enjoys good working relationships with the Iraqi
Red Crescent. Polchief urged Al-Nuaimi to keep us
briefed on their assistance efforts so that we
could better coordinate and deconflict provision of
needed assistance.

WAHBA