Cablegate: May 25 Meeting of Embassy's Institutions Of
UNCLAS CAIRO 004028
FOR NEA, NEA/ELA, NEA/PI
USAID FOR ANE (GOLD) AND DCHA/DG (KAUFMAN)
TUNIS FOR MULREAN
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM KDEM KMPI PGOV PREL KPAO EG KIIP
SUBJECT: MAY 25 MEETING OF EMBASSY'S INSTITUTIONS OF
DEMOCRACY WORKING GROUP (IDWG)
REF: CAIRO 3841
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1. (SBU) The Charge chaired the May 25 IDWG meeting, which
was attended by the Acting DCM; USAID D&G staff; PA Counselor
and PA staff; and ECPO staff. IDWG participation was limited
to cleared Americans only to permit discussion of the status
of post's submission to the Department for use in developing
the Democracy Reform Strategy to Support Freedom in Egypt.
ECPO advised the IDWG members that the Department is
currently reviewing post's submission and using elements of
it to develop a coordinated strategy document to guide USG
support for democracy in Egypt.
2. (SBU) USAID reviewed progress of grant applications made
in response to its Annual Program Statement (APS). USAID
noted that in addition to the more than 50 applications
received thus far, it was expecting an application in the
next few days from NDI. USAID did not have any additional
information about a grant application by IRI. USAID
discussed the relative merits of briefing the next meeting
(on May 31) of the joint US-Egyptian Consultative Group on
direct funding of democracy support about the goal of getting
NDI and IRI operational in Egypt.
3. (SBU) The Charge briefed the IDWG on an appeal from Mrs.
Suzanne Mubarak to PDAS Cheney, during the latter's May 23-24
visit to Cairo, for USG support for a training course for
Egyptian librarians. The Acting DCM undertook to follow up
with Mrs. Mubarak's staff regarding the submission of a
formal proposal requesting USG support for the librarian
training initiative. Public Affairs Counselor noted that IIP
colleagues in the Department and at the Information Resource
Center in the Embassy may be able to serve as resources for
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