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STATE FOR ISN/RA - ARIEL STUKAHLIN AND IO/T - HEATHER VON BEHREN E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/21/2018

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Classified By: Political Counselor Richard M. Mills, Jr. for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) (C)

HMG will "try to (use its) influence8 so that Afghanistan can get on the IAEA Board of Governors in lieu of Syria, George Sherriff of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office,s Counter Proliferation Department told Poloff August 19. He added that one strategy might be to approach "non-friends of Syria" in order to influence Arab states. Sherriff opined that if Afghanistan,s candidacy went before IAEA,s General Conference, Afghanistan would probably prevail, although it would be &ideal8 if Afghanistan were the Middle East and South Asia Group's (MESA) preferred candidate for a seat on the Board of Governors. He observed, however, that within MESA "Arab states would likely stick with Arab states," even Syria. Visit London's Classified Website: XXXXXXXXXXXX
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