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Cablegate: German Government Transition Likely to Foreclose

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SUBJECT: GERMAN GOVERNMENT TRANSITION LIKELY TO FORECLOSE
HIGH-LEVEL PARTICIPATION AT FORUM FOR THE FUTURE

REF: STATE 108570

1. (SBU) MFA Deputy Head of Union for the Mediterranean and
BMENA Andreas Berg told Poloff October 21 that it is unlikely
that a high-level government official will be able to attend
the November 2-3 Forum for the Future since the new German
government will likely only have just been sworn the week
before. It would be very difficult, therefore, for the new
foreign minister to be able to attend. In addition, new
State Ministers in the MFA will likely not yet be in place in
time to allow for preparations for official travel. He did
not rule out such participation, however. Berg expects that
the more likely scenario is for Germany's Ambassador to
Morocco to attend.
Murphy

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