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03ABUDHABI2599
2003-06-02 10:27:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Abu Dhabi
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PACHACHI PRAISES U.S. ROLE IN IRAQ;

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CONFIDENTIAL

SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                            June 02, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 2599 - UNKNOWN)         

TAGS:     PREL, PGOV, PTER                                       

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Subject:  PACHACHI PRAISES U.S. ROLE IN IRAQ; UAE WORRIED ABOUT  
          PERSIAN/SHI'A AMBITIONS AND INFLUENCE                  

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C O N F I D E N T I A L        ABU DHABI 02599

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

DISSEMINATION: POL
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: AMB:MMWAHBA
DRAFTED: POL:STWILLIAMS
CLEARED: A/DCM:TEWILLIAMS; DCG:AEYRE

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0190
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
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RHEFDIA/DIA WASHDC
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 002599 

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STATE FOR NEA/ARP AND NEA/NGA

NSC FOR THEROUX

E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/02/13
TAGS: PREL PGOV PTER IR IZ TC
SUBJECT: PACHACHI PRAISES U.S. ROLE IN IRAQ;
UAE WORRIED ABOUT PERSIAN/SHI'A
AMBITIONS AND INFLUENCE




1. (U) Classified by Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba
for reasons 1.5 (B) and (D).



2. (C) MFA Minstate Hamdan bin Zayid, in a 5/31
meeting with the Ambassador (other topics covered
septel), provided a brief readout on an earlier
meeting between former Iraqi Foreign Minister Adnan
Pachachi and UAE President Zayid bin Sultan Al-
Nahyan. Pachachi and Zayid met for over an hour to
review events in Iraq. Pachachi was reportedly
very positive about the U.S. role in Iraq, noting
that he had met with U.S. and UK officials there
and that he greatly valued these exchanges.
Pachachi acknowledged that absent the strong and
helpful U.S. presence, the country would be plunged
into chaos and that a "catastrophe" would ensue.
Hamdan noted that in the UAE's view, Pachachi had
emerged as one of the only viable Iraqi political
leaders, though he admitted that Pachachi's
advanced age (he recently turned 80) would limit
his ability to serve publicly beyond a couple of
years. (Comment: We pass on this readout because
in past public statements, Pachachi has been quite
critical of what he has termed the U.S.
"occupation." It is clear that having spent some
time on the ground in Baghdad -- after an absence
of over thirty years -- Pachachi perhaps has come
to appreciate the complexity of the situation. End
Comment.)



3. (C) Hamdan went on to reiterate continuing
Emirati concern, outlined by COS Muhammad bin Zayid
during his recent Washington visit, about Iranian
meddling in Iraq. Hamdan said it was "very scary"
to see what the Iranians were doing and the
Emiratis are watching events with increasing alarm.


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