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Cablegate: Egypt Would Consider Hosting Kosovar Delegation

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PP RUEHBC RUEHDA RUEHDE RUEHGI RUEHJS RUEHKUK RUEHLH RUEHPW RUEHROV
DE RUEHEG #1212 1641238
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 121238Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY CAIRO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9538
INFO RUCNISL/ISLAMIC COLLECTIVE
RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 0235
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO 0027
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0210

UNCLAS CAIRO 001212

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DEPARTMENT FOR KOSOVO MONITORING GROUP, NEA/ELA, EUR/SCE
(BLACK, SHIRATORI)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV UNMIK EG KV YI
SUBJECT: EGYPT WOULD CONSIDER HOSTING KOSOVAR DELEGATION

REF: CAIRO 579

Sensitive but unclassified, not for Internet distribution.

(SBU) On June 11, MFA Spokesman Hossam Zaki told the DCM that
the GOE would have to "think hard" whether to receive a
delegation from the government of Kosovo to Egypt. He
emphasized that he was not rejecting the proposal; "this
would have to be weighed." MFA Deputy Director for East and
South Europe and the Balkans, Ahmed Hamdy Bakr, elaborated on
June 12, saying that because Egypt has not recognized Kosovo
(reftel), the GOE could not receive such a delegation "in its
official capacity." However, he noted that the MFA is in
regular contact with the self-declared Ambassador of Kosovo
in Cairo at the Deputy Assistant Minister level in an
"unofficial" capacity. The GOE might consider receiving a
delegation from Kosovo in the same vein, he said, but noted
that he could give no guarantees.
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