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Cablegate: Egypt: No Decision yet On Candidature for Iom

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SUBJECT: EGYPT: NO DECISION YET ON CANDIDATURE FOR IOM
DIRECTOR GENERAL

REF: SECSTATE 93916

(SBU) Discussing reftel demarche on July 12, Ihab Soliman,
Director of the MFA's International Organizations Nominations
Office, told poloffs that Egypt has not yet decided which
candidate to support for Director General of the
International Organization for Migration. Egypt was seeking
clarity about which of the two American candidates (Swing and
McKinley) the USG was supporting before coming to a decision.
Poloffs explained that the USG strongly backs Ambassador
Swing, due both to his qualifications and in support of a
two-term limit for the Director General position. Poloffs
advised that McKinley is running under his own auspices.
Soliman intimated that the Organization of Islamic Countries
(OIC) may support McKinley's candidacy, but that there was no
OIC resolution as of yet, reiterating that an Egyptian
decision has not yet been made.
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