|03KUWAIT1047||2003-03-23 15:53:00||CONFIDENTIAL||Embassy Kuwait|
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C O N F I D E N T I A L KUWAIT 001047
1. (C) The Ambassador reviewed reftel demarche with Shaykh
Dr. Ahmed Nasser al-Sabah, Office Director for Minister of
State for Foreign Affairs Shaykh Dr. Mohammed al-Sabah, on
the morning of March 23. Shaykh Ahmed informed the
Ambassador that Dr. Mohammed would not be attending the March
24 Arab League foreign ministers' meeting. Kuwait would be
represented instead by its Ambassador in Cairo. Nonetheless,
Dr. Ahmed assured the Ambassador that Kuwait would work
against efforts to condemn the US for the action in Iraq.
However, he said, "we are only one country; we need support
from others." He added that one of Kuwait's main objectives
would be to get the Arab League to condemn Iraq for launching
surface-to-surface missiles at Kuwait even though at the time
no attack had been launched at it from Kuwaiti soil.
2. (C) COMMENT: Dr. Mohammed normally represents the GOK at
such meetings. Sending the Kuwaiti Ambassador to Egypt in
his stead is a clear signal of Kuwait's displeasure with the
recent performance of the Arab League in general and of AL
Secretary General Amr Moussa in particular.