Cablegate: Expulsion of Yemeni Diplomat

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E.O. 12958: N/A

1. MFA Protcol Director, Mohamed Taha Mustafa, called in DCM
on March 28,2004 to discuss the pending expulsion from the
U.S. of Yemeni diplomat Abdulla M. Al-Socotry. Ambassador
Taha Mustafa reviewed the facts of the case explaining that
the ROYG considers the expulsion decision "harsh," but would
nonetheless accept it and comply.

2. Nevertheless, Taha Mustafa asked that the State
Department not impose additional and undue hardship on
Socotry's wife and family by enforcing the expulsion within
the stipulated 30-day period. He asked that the State
Department give all possible consideration to allowing
Socotry, his wife and children to remain until the end of the
school year -- approximately June 30. Taha Mustafa offered
assurance that Socotry and his family would depart as soom as
the children finish out the school year.

3. The Protocol Director added that he had conferred earlier
in the day with the MFA assignments office and that Socotry's
reassignment had already been approved. The effective date
of his reassingment has been set at July 1, in the hope that
the State Department will accede to Yemen's request to allow
Socotry, his wife and children to remain until the end of the
school year.

4. Post requests guidance on the case of Mr. Socotry and his

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