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Cablegate: French Aid to Pakistan

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UNCLAS PARIS 001437

SENSITIVE

SIPDIS

E.O. 19528: N/A
TAGS: EAID EFIN PREL FR PK
SUBJECT: FRENCH AID TO PAKISTAN

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED. NOT FOR INTERNET DISTRIBUTION.

Ref: A) SECSTATE 108183 B) PARIS 1412

1. (SBU) Econ Counselor and Poloff delivered the demarche in ref A
to Annie Evrard, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) desk officer for
Pakistan, and Guillaume Cruse, an official from the Agence France de
Development. Both are members of the interagency
Afghanistan-Pakistan "cell" and familiar with French assistance
programs to Pakistan. Emboffs stressed the importance that the
Secretary of State attaches personally to financial support for
Pakistan and noted that the Ambassador had raised the same points
with Diplomatic Counselor to President Sarkozy,, Jean-David Levitte,
on October 21.

2. (SBU) Evrard said that France has offered no direct budgetary
support to Pakistan, only concessionary loans. Cruse said France has
increased its concessionary loan commitments to Pakistan since the
April Tokyo conference to 382 million euros (573 million dollars).
The loans cover nine projects in the areas of hydroelectricity and
energy efficiency. Some of these projects are co-financed by Germany
and the Asian Development Bank. Cruse said these were the projects
covered by France's pledges at the Tokyo conference, adding that they
now well exceed the 200 million euros ($299 million) promised, and
offered to provide Embassy with additional details about these
loans. (Note: Embassy will forward any further information we
receive to SRAP. End note.) Cruse added that France is still also
dispensing funds made under soft loans worth 11 million euros for
post-earthquake reconstruction. Evrard said France is not yet ready
to contribute to the World Bank-administered multi-donor trust fund
for Pakistan as it was not clear who their partners on the Pakistani
side would be and what safeguards there would be over the funds.

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