Cablegate: Post Encourages Egyptian Support for New York
UNCLAS CAIRO 004218
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL SCUL KOLY EG
SUBJECT: POST ENCOURAGES EGYPTIAN SUPPORT FOR NEW YORK
CITY'S 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
REF: A. STATE 101700
B. CAIRO 4023
Sensitive but unclassified. Please protect accordingly.
1. (U) In advance of the July 6 decision in Singapore by the
International Olympic Committee (IOC), Post is bringing to
the attention of Embassy visitors and contacts information
related to New York City's bid and has distributed
promotional materials received from the NYC2012 bid committee.
2. (SBU) To our knowledge, Egypt's two IOC members have not
committed publicly to support any one of the five finalist
cities. Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit shared recently with us
(ref B) that he personally is a strong supporter of New York,
having served there as Egypt's Permanent Representative to
the United Nations from 1999-2004, and that he recently sent
a letter expressing his personal support to the Chairman of
Egypt's Olympic Committee, General Thabet.
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