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Cablegate: Somalia: Arab League Invites Usg to Attend Talks

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O 261101Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY CAIRO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2218
INFO RUCNIAD/IGAD COLLECTIVE
RUEHEE/ARAB LEAGUE COLLECTIVE
RUEHKH/AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM 1069

UNCLAS CAIRO 006550

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

FOR NEA/ELA AND AF/E

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV PTER ARABL EG SO
SUBJECT: SOMALIA: ARAB LEAGUE INVITES USG TO ATTEND TALKS
IN KHARTOUM STARTING OCTOBER 30

REF: CAIRO 6233

1. (U) This is an action message. See paragraph four.

2. (U) During the October 24-25 Eid al-Fitr holiday, Embassy
Cairo received a fax from the Arab League inviting USG
"attendance" for a third round of Somalia peace talks
scheduled to commence in Khartoum on October 30. According
to the fax (text below), the Transitional Federal Government
of Somalia and the Union of Islamic Courts consented to USG
participation in this round of talks (reftel), held under the
joint auspices of the Arab League and IGAD Chair Kenya.

3. (U) Begin text of invitation (corrected for spelling):

The League of Arab States - African and Afro-Arab Cooperation
department - would like to express its sincere compliments to
the Embassy of (the) United States of America.

The League of Arab States has received a verbal approval from
both the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG),
and the Union of Islamic Courts (ICU), regarding the third
round of the Somali Peace Talks, scheduled to take place on
the 30th of October, 2006, in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
The League of Arab States would like to invite your esteemed
organization to attend this round of negotiations, which will
be held under the co-auspices of both the League of Arab
States and the Republic of Kenya (the current Chairman of the
IGAD).

The League of Arab States is pleased to take this opportunity
to renew the expression of its sincere consideration to the
Government of (the) United States of America.

End text of invitation.

4. (U) Post requests instructions on how to respond to the
Arab League invitation.

5. (U) Khartoum minimize considered.
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