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Cablegate: Terrorism Finance: Martyrs Foundation and Al-Qard

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DE RUEHYN #1527 2180639
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 060639Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY SANAA
TO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0088
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7775
INFO RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC PRIORITY

UNCLAS SANAA 001527

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
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DEPT FOR NEA/ARP NATASHA FRANCESCHI,
DEPT FOR EEB/ESC/TFS JJALLORINA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EFIN KTFN PREL PTER YM
SUBJECT: TERRORISM FINANCE: MARTYRS FOUNDATION AND AL-QARD
AL-HASSAN ASSOCIATION

REF: SECSTATE 102916

1. (U) This is an action request; see para 5.

2. (SBU) On August 1, EconOff delivered reftel demarche to
Ambassador Abdulrahman Khamees, the ROYG Foreign Minister's
Office Director.

3. (SBU) Khamees responded that Iranian foundations neither
operate nor support humanitarian causes in Yemen. He added
that Hizbollah neither operates nor has any offices in Yemen.
Khamees emphasized that the ROYG and Yemeni political
parties do not have links to Hizbollah.

4. (SBU) Khamees asked if Iran's Martyrs Foundation, Martyrs
Foundation in Lebanon, Palestinian Martyrs Foundation,
Goodwill Charitable Organization, Inc., Al-Qard Al-Hassan,
Qasim Aliq and Ahmad al-Shami have been added to UN terrorist
lists, including the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee List of
individuals and entities associated with the Taliban,
al-Qaida and/or Usama bin Laden.

5. (SBU) ACTION REQUEST: As of August 6, the individuals
and groups mentioned in paragraph 4 are not listed on the UN
1267 Sanctions Committee List, according to the UNSC website.
AMBEMB Sanaa requests US Mission USUN New York advise
whether the UNSC plans to add these individuals and groups to
the UN 1267 List in the near future.

BRYAN

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