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Cablegate: Croatian Mufti Shares President Bush's Eid Message With

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UNCLAS ZAGREB 01293

SIPDIS
R 251235Z OCT 06

FM AMEMBASSY ZAGREB
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6835
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS ZAGREB 001293

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL SCUL KISL KPAO HR
SUBJECT: CROATIAN MUFTI SHARES PRESIDENT BUSH'S EID MESSAGE WITH
ISLAMIC COMMUNITY AT BAJRAM CELEBRATION


The Croatian Islamic community demonstrated its long-standing warm
and positive relations with the Embassy at an October 24 lunch
celebrating the end of Ramadan "Bajram". While welcoming
representatives of the government and President Mesic's office,
religious figures, local politicians and several diplomats
(including the Iranian Ambassador), Croatian Mufti Sefko Omerbasic
graciously read aloud the Embassy-provided courtesy translation of
President Bush's Eid message. The Zagreb community's imam also told
Embassy officers he would publish the message in the group's monthly
bulletin. COMMENT: Embassy Zagreb has successfully cultivated
strong ties with Omerbasic and his moderate Croatian Islamic
community of 60,000 by PD and other outreach programs, small
assistance projects through USAID, State/PRM and DOD, and promotion
of tolerance, ethnic reconciliation and rule of law at the national
level. END COMMENT

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