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Cablegate: Third Latin American Embassy to Open in Abu Dhabi

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R 091341Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
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RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS 0018
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RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI 7240

UNCLAS ABU DHABI 001335

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TAGS: PREL VE AE
SUBJECT: THIRD LATIN AMERICAN EMBASSY TO OPEN IN ABU DHABI

Sensitive but unclassified.

1. (SBU) Charge was recently introduced by diplomatic
colleagues to a new Charge representing Venezuela in the
United Arab Emirates (UAE). MFA tells us that the Venezuelan
mission is still being set up and that the current Charge
(Asdrubal Pulido Leon) would likely be replaced by (or assume
the duties of) an accredited Ambassador in the near future.
In an August 9 conversation with PolOffs, MFA's Department of
European, American, and Oceanic Affairs saw no particular
significance in the establishment of this new diplomatic
mission, noting that as a member of OPEC, Venezuela already
had a sufficient window into the premier issue of oil policy.
MFA noted that it rarely received requests for meetings from
Latin American diplomats.

2. (SBU) The establishment of an Embassy representing
Venezuela brings to three the number of Latin American
missions in Abu Dhabi, the other two being Argentina and
Brazil. MFA confirms that the UAE only has one mission in
all of Latin America -- tasking its Ambassador in Brazil with
looking after the entire region. That Ambassador is
officially accredited to a limited number of other capitals
(they mentioned specifically Argentina, Chile, and Cuba), but
is also called upon to help coordinate far flung issues (such
as a prior visit by the president of Uruguay to the UAE).
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