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06ASHGABAT828
2006-08-03 11:53:00
SECRET
Embassy Ashgabat
Cable title:  

FOREIGN MINISTER MEREDOV SAYS TURKMENISTAN HAS

Tags:   IR  KN  PARM  PGOV  PREL  TX 
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						S E C R E T ASHGABAT 000828 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR ISN/CPI (RUSSELL) AND SCA (PERRY)

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/03/2016
TAGS: IR KN PARM PGOV PREL TX
SUBJECT: FOREIGN MINISTER MEREDOV SAYS TURKMENISTAN HAS
DENIED FIVE ADDITIONAL OVERFLIGHTS FOR DPRK-IRAN FLIGHTS

REF: A. (A) STATE 125487


B. (B) ASHGABAT 767

C. (C) STATE 117794

D. (D) ASHGABAT 804

Classified By: Charge d'Affaires Jennifer L. Brush, for reasons 1.4 (b)
, (c) and (d)



1. (S) Charge delivered ref A appreciation to
Turkmenistan's Foreign Minister Rashit Meredov on August 3.
Meredov took meticulous notes and said he would convey text
verbatim to President Niyazov. Meredov added that "for your
information only," the Government of Turkmenistan had denied
overflight to five DPRK-Iran flights in addition to the two
requested by the USG. Referring to the July 24-25 visit to
Turkmenistan of Iranian President Ahmadinejad (ref D),
Meredov noted, "Ahmadinejad never said a word about these
denials" in his dicussions with Niyazov.



2. (S) In response to Charge's request for any additional
information regarding the Ahmadinejad visit, Meredov said,
"there's nothing more to say other than what was covered in
the press, it was mostly a visit to talk about trade."
Meredov feigned surprise when Charge asked if President
Niyazov raised Iran's nuclear program with Ahmadinejad,
saying, "it wasn't that kind of visit." Meredov declined to
give any additional details on his impression of Ahmadinejad.


Comment


--------------------------





3. (S) Embassy will continue to encourage the Government of
Turkmenistan to support the P5 1 Initiative on Iran more
publicly though we think more than cooperation on denying
overflights and the one public statement in support of the
intiative is unlikely. Iran is too big and too close for
Turkmenistan to risk provoking its neighbor. End Comment.
BRUSH