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Cablegate: 63rd Un General Assembly: High-Level Attendance

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P 311817Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5231
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0441
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5232

UNCLAS DAMASCUS 000537

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SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR IO/UNP, NEA/RA, USUN, NSC, P

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KSEP OTRA OVIP PREL UNGA
SUBJECT: 63RD UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY: HIGH-LEVEL ATTENDANCE
AND REQUESTS FOR MEETINGS

REF: SECSTATE 72078

This is a corrected copy.

1. (U) This is Embassy Damascus' response to the action
requests from reftel in regards to attendance of SARG
delegation to 63rd UNGA meetings.

2. (U) The Head of State Bashar Al Asad does not plan to
attend at this time.

3. (U) Head Of Government PM Otri does not plan to attend.

4. (U) FM Muallim is planning to head the Syrian delegation.

Name: Walid Muallim, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Syrian Arab
Republic

Arrival and departure dates: We do not have travel
information at this time.

Attendance of Spouse: We do not have this information at this
time.

Interpretation Requirements: Muallim speaks fluent English.

5. (U) Attendance of other VIPs:

Faysal Miqdad, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Syrian Arab
Republic

Ahmad Farouk Arnous, Vice Foreign Minister, Syrian Arab
Republic

Bushra Kanafani, Director of the Foreign Media Department,
Syrian Arab Republic

Bassam Sabbagh, Director of the Private Office, Syrian Arab
Republic

Hussam Edin Aala, Chief of Cabinet of the Vice Foreign
Ministry, Syrian Arab Republic

Hisham Al Kady, Office of the Foreign Minister, Syrian Arab
Republic

Arrival and departure dates: We do not have travel
information at this time for any of the accompanying VIPs.

Attendance of Spouses: We do not have this information at
this time.

Interpretation Requirements: Arabic language interpretation
can be provided. We do not know if Arabic language
interpretation will be required in bilateral or multilateral
meetings.
CORBIN

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