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Cablegate: Gamal Mubarak Advisor Discusses Egypt's Assistance

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/28/2012
TAGS: PREL EAID EG
SUBJECT: GAMAL MUBARAK ADVISOR DISCUSSES EGYPT'S ASSISTANCE
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Classified By: Minister Counselor for Economic and Political
Affairs William R. Stewart for reasons 1.4(b) and (d).

1. (C) Mohamed Farnawany, senior advisor to Gamal Mubarak,
told poloff on August 27 that the GOE is not happy that the
USG never responded to the ESF proposal to create an
endowment. Poloff reminded Farnawany that the U.S. did
respond, explaining the difficulties with the concept.
Farnawany said that Egypt nonetheless feels that the U.S. is
making assistance decisions unilaterally, without substantive
engagement with GOE officials, and said Egypt would like to
discuss the direction of both ESF and FMF. When poloff noted
that the proposed ten-year FMF package was exactly what Egypt
requested, Farnawany said MoD concern stems from the decision
to increase Israel's FMF, thereby moving away from the 3:2
assistance ratio that previously existed. He noted that the
"MoD Generals" used to be the USG's "staunchest allies," but
now "things are different." He said he believes the MoD
officials want more engagement with U.S. DoD counterparts.

2. (C) Poloff told Farnawany that the current focus on
Egypt's counter-smuggling efforts will likely continue. The
advisor said that Egypt needs a new approach with the Hill --
a point he said he had raised recently with Ambassador Fahmy.
He thought that MoD's receptivity to U.S. proposals on
enhancing border security (particularly technical support and
training) may be linked to the degree to which MOD perceives
that the administration is vigorously defending FMF.
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