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Cablegate: Tfiz01: Amcit Iraqi Doctor in Uae Organizing

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UNCLASSIFIED

SIPDIS
TELEGRAM April 22, 2003


To: No Action Addressee

Action: Unknown

From: AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 1934 - UNKNOWN)

TAGS: EAID, PHUM

Captions: None

Subject: TFIZ01: AMCIT IRAQI DOCTOR IN UAE ORGANIZING IRAQI
EXPAT COLLEAGUES TO VOLUNTEER SERVICES

Ref: None
_________________________________________________________________
UNCLAS ABU DHABI 01934

SIPDIS
CXABU:
ACTION: POL
INFO: RSO AMB DCM P/M ECON

DISSEMINATION: POL
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: DCM:RAALBRIGHT
DRAFTED: ECON:TWILLIAMS
CLEARED: POL:SWILLIAMS (SUBS)

VZCZCADI760
OO RUEHC RUEHKU RUCNRAQ RUEKJCS RUMICEA RUEKJCS
RUEHDI
DE RUEHAD #1934 1121319
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 221319Z APR 03
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9548
RUEHKU/AMEMBASSY KUWAIT IMMEDIATE 0847
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUMICEA/USCINCCENT INTEL CEN MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEHDI/AMCONSUL DUBAI PRIORITY 3063

UNCLAS ABU DHABI 001934

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

KUWAIT PASS ORHA AND THE HOC

STATE FOR IRAQ TASK FORCE, ALSO NEA/ARP, NEA/RA,
PRM/ANE, AND IO/UNP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID PHUM IZ TC
SUBJECT: TFIZ01: AMCIT IRAQI DOCTOR IN UAE ORGANIZING
IRAQI EXPAT COLLEAGUES TO VOLUNTEER SERVICES


1. (U) This is an action message. Please see
paragraph three.

2. (SBU) Amcit Farhan Bakir, a prominent doctor in
the UAE (he is the personal physician of Abu Dhabi
Crown Prince Shaykh Khalifa bin Zayid Al-Nahyan and
served in a similar capacity to a number of Saddam
Hussein's predecessors), met with PolChief 4/21 to ask
how Iraqi expat doctors could be integrated into the
ongoing relief effort in Iraq. Bakir is well known in
Iraqi expat political circles, having been invited to
serve on the medical committee focus group which met
in Washington. A cardio-pulmonary specialist, he said
that he is in contact with a number of fellow expat
Iraqi doctors, many of them American citizens living
in the UAE, who would like to volunteer to travel to
Iraq to help the humanitarian effort. These doctors
speak Arabic, are familiar with the Iraqi health
system, and would be available to deploy on short
notice. We estimate that there are at least ten
doctors who would be available for this activity,
possibly more. Bakir asked for guidance on modalities
and perceived usefulness of such an effort, before
proceeding further with it.

3. (SBU) COMMENT AND ACTION REQUEST: We believe
that Bakir's group could provide meaningful
assistance. They realize that Baghdad may be becoming
saturated and would be willing to serve elsewhere,
particularly in Southern Iraq. Beyond the very real
practical benefit that these doctors could provide,
the optics of our facilitating this effort strike us
as highly beneficial. We would appreciate guidance
from the appropriate addressees as to how we should
respond to Bakir's inquiry.

Wahba

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