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03ABUDHABI299 2003-01-20 09:52:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Abu Dhabi
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UAEG FORMING CABINET LEVEL COMMITTEE

Tags:   ETTC PARM PREL PTER KSTC TC 
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CONFIDENTIAL

SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                         January 20, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 299 - UNKNOWN)          

TAGS:     ETTC, PARM, PREL, PTER, KSTC                           

Captions: None                                                   

Subject:  UAEG FORMING CABINET LEVEL COMMITTEE           TO      
          MANAGE EXPORT CONTROLS PORTFOLIO                       

Ref:      None                                                   
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C O N F I D E N T I A L        ABU DHABI 00299

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

DISSEMINATION: ECON
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: AMB:MMWAHBA
DRAFTED: POL:STWILLIAMS
CLEARED: A/DCM:TEW; ECON:CM

VZCZCADI899
OO RUEHC RUEHLO RUEHRO RHFJUSC RHEBAAA RUCPDOC
RUEHDE
DE RUEHAD #0299 0200952
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
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FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7961
INFO RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 0561
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME 0656
RHFJUSC/US CUSTOMS SERVICE WASHDC
RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHDC
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI 2705
					  C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 000299 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/ARP, NP/NPC/ECNP FOR KCROUCH, LONDON
AND ROME FOR CUSTOMS ATTACHES, DOC/BIS FOR RCUPPITT

E.O. 12958: DECL: 1/19/2013
TAGS: ETTC PARM PREL PTER KSTC TC
SUBJECT: UAEG FORMING CABINET LEVEL COMMITTEE
TO MANAGE EXPORT CONTROLS PORTFOLIO



1. (U) Classified by Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba,
Reasons 1.5 (B) and (D).



2. (C) During a 1/14 meeting with MFA Minstate Hamdan Bin
Zayid Al-Nahyan (other topics reported septel), the
Ambassador pressed Hamdan and MFA Assistant Undersecretary
Abdullah Rashid Al-Nuaimi on the need to jumpstart the
export controls training initiatives put on hold since
October 2002. She noted that this issue was center stage
during the Bilateral Dialogue and that we were eager to move
forward as soon as possible. She hoped that the UAEG could
schedule the WMD Commodity Identification Course in
February.



3. (C) Hamdan briefed that the MFA had run up against
roadblocks in the UAE "interagency" process and had been
unable to recruit the high quality of attendees merited for
this training. Hamdan wants to avoid a potentially
embarrassing situation if the wrong candidates are put
forward for training. He has decided to take up the matter
at the next Cabinet meeting, scheduled for 1/27, where he
will recommend the formation of a Cabinet-level committee to
manage the portfolio. Through this mechanism, Hamdan hopes
to achieve "buy-in" from his ministerial colleagues.



4. (C) Comment: Hamdan and his subordinates at the MFA are
clearly frustrated by the bureaucratic inertia which has
impeded progress on our bilateral EXBS agenda. Previously
the Ministry of Economy and Commerce was deemed responsible
for federal-level customs issues (a key element in the
planned EXBS training road-map) and did a lackluster job
organizing a program for a visiting USG team on "Trade-Based
Money Laundering." By bumping export controls up to the
Cabinet level, Hamdan is placing the issue on the
national/federal agenda, where it rightly belongs, given its
importance to our relationship and the UAE's national
security.

WAHBA