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Cablegate: Senior Omani Officials Unavailable for Ici

VZCZCXRO0599
RR RUEHDE RUEHDIR
DE RUEHMS #0349 1320954
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 110954Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY MUSCAT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9565
INFO RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE
RUEHSM/AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM 0015

UNCLAS MUSCAT 000349

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR NEA/I, NEA/ARP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL EAID ECON IZ MU
SUBJECT: SENIOR OMANI OFFICIALS UNAVAILABLE FOR ICI
MINISTERIAL

REF: A. STATE 43799

B. MUSCAT 253

(SBU) Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusef bin
Alawi is accompanying Sultan Qaboos to official meetings
abroad in May (ref B) or will be otherwise occupied in Muscat
for the month. It is therefore very unlikely that he will
attend the International Compact with Iraq (ICI) Ministerial
in Stockholm on May 29 (ref A). Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Secretary General Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi, who has ministerial
rank and often attends events in bin Alawi's stead, will also
be unavailable for the meeting in Sweden as he will
participate in the senior-level Proliferation Security
Initiative (PSI) event in Washington, D.C. on May 28 before
traveling onward to another commitment. Post will provide
further information via septel on who may represent the
government of Oman at the ICI Ministerial.
GRAPPO

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