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03ABUDHABI1716 2003-04-09 09:47:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Abu Dhabi
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TFIZ01: UAE RESPONDS TO APPEAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AID

Tags:   EAID PREL PGOV PHUM KPAL KWBG TC 
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CONFIDENTIAL

SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                           April 09, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 1716 - UNKNOWN)         

TAGS:     EAID, PREL, PGOV, PHUM, KPAL, KWBG                     

Captions: None                                                   

Subject:  TFIZ01: UAE RESPONDS TO APPEAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AID    
                         TO IRAQ                                 

Ref:      None                                                   
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C O N F I D E N T I A L        ABU DHABI 01716

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

DISSEMINATION: POL
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: DCM: RALBRIGHT
DRAFTED: ECON:CCRUMPLER
CLEARED: CGD: ROLSON, ECON:TWILLIAMS, POL:STWILLIAMS

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OO RUEHC RUCNRAQ RUEKJCS RUMICEA RUEKJCS RUEHDE
RUEHKU
DE RUEHAD #1716 0990947
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 090947Z APR 03
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9337
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUMICEA/USCINCCENT INTEL CEN MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI PRIORITY 3021
RUEHKU/AMEMBASSY KUWAIT 0839
					  C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 001716 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR IRAQ TASK FORCE, ALSO NEA/ARP, PRM/ANE, AND IO/UNP
KUWAIT FOR THE HOC

E.O. 12958: DECL 04/09/2008
TAGS: EAID PREL PGOV PHUM KPAL KWBG TC
SUBJECT: TFIZ01: UAE RESPONDS TO APPEAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AID
TO IRAQ

REFS: A) STATE 89192
B) ABU DHABI 1439
C) ABU DHABI 1667



1. (U) Classified by DCM Richard A. Albright, for reasons
1.5 (B) and (D).



2. (C) Summary and comment: Post has engaged UAE officials
at all levels of government regarding humanitarian assistance
since the onset of war in Iraq began. In line with the UAEG's
preference to provide assistance-in-kind rather than cash
donations, the UAEG is facilitating the shipment of
humanitarian supplies to Iraq. The UAE Red Crescent Authority
(headquartered in Abu Dhabi) and the Mohammed Bin Rashid
Al-Maktoum Charity and Foundation in Dubai are coordinating
the outpouring of donations from the Emirati public. We will
continue to report the activities of these charities and the
UAEG as they support the humanitarian effort in Iraq. End
summary and comment.



3. (C) Per refs B and C, UAE Minister of State for Foreign
Affairs has noted to the Ambassador on several occasions that
the UAE RCA had purchased about $3 million USD in medical
supplies and other necessities just prior to the war and
delivered the goods to Iraqi hospitals. Most recently, the
office of UAE Armed Forces Chief of Staff Shaykh Mohammed bin
Zayid Al-Nahyan on 4/6 requested Post's assistance to
coordinate the delivery of 700 tons of foodstuffs, and nine
vehicles (including four water tankers and an ambulance)
with the Humanitarian Operations Center and the ICRC
representative in Kuwait. UAE First Lady Shaykha Fatima this
week donated an approximate $2 million USD to the UAE RCA for
the Iraqi people.



4. (U) In Dubai, the Shaykh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum
Charity and Humanitarian Foundation (whose patron is the UAE
Defense Minister and Dubai Crown Prince) continues to collect
cash donations and humanitarian supplies on behalf of the 16
charities in the UAE that it represents, and has expressed
an interest in sending these supplies to Iraq soon.



5. (C) In addition, the UAE Foreign Ministry signed in late
March an agreement with the United Nations World Food Program
(WFP) formalizing WFP's regional office in Dubai. The WFP
office has been operating in Dubai for some time, however,
and recent press reports indicate that the WFP facility in
Dubai will be a major transshipment point for humanitarian aid
destined to Iraq.

Wahba