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03ABUDHABI1876
2003-04-19 12:50:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Abu Dhabi
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DEMARCHING THE ARAB MULTILATERAL AID

Tags:   EAID  PREL  PGOV  IZ  KU  TC 
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CONFIDENTIAL

SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                           April 19, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 1876 - UNKNOWN)         

TAGS:     EAID, PREL, PGOV                                       

Captions: None                                                   

Subject:  DEMARCHING THE ARAB MULTILATERAL AID AGENCIES          

Ref:      None                                                   
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C O N F I D E N T I A L        ABU DHABI 01876

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

DISSEMINATION: ECON
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: DCM:RAALBRIGHT
DRAFTED: ECON:TEWILLIAMS
CLEARED: NONE

VZCZCADI609
OO RUEHC RUEHEE
DE RUEHAD #1876 1091250
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 191250Z APR 03
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9490
INFO RUEHEE/ARAB LEAGUE COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
						C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 001876 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA, NEA/ARP, NEA/RA AND EB

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/19/13
TAGS: EAID PREL PGOV IZ KU TC
SUBJECT: DEMARCHING THE ARAB MULTILATERAL AID
AGENCIES

REF: A) STATE 100455, B) KUWAIT 1468

C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 001876

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA, NEA/ARP, NEA/RA AND EB

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/19/13
TAGS: EAID PREL PGOV IZ KU TC
SUBJECT: DEMARCHING THE ARAB MULTILATERAL AID
AGENCIES

REF: A) STATE 100455, B) KUWAIT 1468


1. (U) CLASSIFIED BY DCM RICHARD A. ALBRIGHT FOR
REASONS 1.5 (B,D).


2. (C) ECONCHIEF RAISED REF A DEMARCHE APRIL 19
WITH FINANCE MINISTRY UNDERSECRETARY KHALID AL-
BUSTANI. AL-BUSTANI SAID THAT THE UAE WOULD BE
FAVORABLY DISPOSED TOWARDS CONSIDERATION OF WAYS
IN WHICH THE ARAB FUND FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL
DEVELOPMENT (AFESD) COULD ENGAGE POSTIVELY WITH
IRAQ. THAT SAID, HE NOTED THAT THE UAE AS HOST OF
THE UPCOMING BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING -- AND AS
AN ONLY MODEST CONTRIBUTOR TO AFESD -- WOULD NOT
BE PREPARED TO TAKE A LEADERSHIP ROLE ON THIS
ISSUE. HOWEVER, AS LONG AS AFSED DG ABDULLATIF
AL-HAMAD WAS FULLY ON BOARD, THE UAEG OFFICIAL
PREDICTED THAT THE MATTER WOULD BE WELL IN HAND.


3. (C) AL-BUSTANI NOTED THAT THE APRIL 22-23
GATHERING IN ABU DHABI WOULD BE BROADER THAN JUST
THE AFESD SESSION. THE ARAB MONETARY FUND BOARD
WOULD ALSO BE MEETING, AS WOULD A NUMBER OF
SMALLER ARAB MULTILATERAL LENDING INSTITUTIONS,
SUCH AS THE ARAB AUTHORITY FOR AGRICULTURAL
DEVELOPMENT AND THE ARAB ORGANIZATION FOR
INVESTMENT PROTECTION. IF THE USG'S INTEREST IS
IN SEEKING IRAQ'S REHABILITATION, WE WOULD BE WELL
ADVISED TO CAST OUR NET MORE BROADLY THAN JUST
AFESD, THE EMIRATI REMARKED.


4. (C) COMMENT: AL-BUSTANI'S OBSERVATION
STRIKES US AS ON TARGET. WE WOULD NOTE THAT THE
ARAB MONETARY FUND -- WHICH IS ACTUALLY
RESPONSIBLE FOR ORGANIZING THE APRIL 22-23
MEETINGS -- IS CURRENTLY OWED MORE THAN 369
MILLION USD BY IRAQ (189 MILLION IN PRINCIPAL, THE
REST IN INTEREST). IRAQ HAS MADE NO PAYMENTS TO
THE AMF IN MORE THAN A DECADE, THE NUMBER TWO
OFFICIAL TOLD ECONOFF IN LATE 2002. POST
THEREFORE SUGGESTS THAT IN ADDITION TO THE AFESD-
SPECIFIC POINTS OUTLINED IN REF. A, CONSIDERATION
BE GIVEN TO BROADENING THE DEMARCHE TO ASK THAT
ALL THE RELEVANT ARAB FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
MEETING IN ABU DHABI LATER THIS MONTH TAKE THE
NECESSARY STEPS TO ENGAGE POSITIVELY WITH IRAQ AND
PARTICIPATE FULLY IN THE PROCESS OF
RECONSTRUCTION.

WAHBA