Cablegate: Egyptian Support for Afghanistan
DE RUEHEG #2084 3071213
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
O 031213Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY CAIRO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4062
INFO RHMFISS/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
RHMFISS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
S E C R E T CAIRO 002084
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/02/2019
TAGS: PREL PTER MASS MOPS AF EG
SUBJECT: EGYPTIAN SUPPORT FOR AFGHANISTAN
REF: A. STRUWE-CLINE EMAIL 10/30/09
B. CAIRO 1742
Classified By: Ambassador Margaret Scobey per 1.4 (b) and (d).
1.(U) As requested by Department, ref B cable has been re-classified and is being resent. Please see paragraph
2. (S) On September 6, Deputy Foreign Minister Wafaa Bassim briefed Ambassador on initial results of a set of Egyptian interagency consultations undertaken in response to S/RAP Holbrooke's July visit to Cairo seeking additional regional support for international efforts in Afghanistan. She said that Egypt would expand its radio broadcasts inside Afghanistan and would provide additional training to the Afghan military. On radio broadcasts, Egypt will increase its Pashto service from 1.5 hours to 2 hours a day and will begin a one-hour daily Dari broadcast for northern Afghanistan. She also said Egypt was considering launching an Islamic issues-focused service, but noted that they would need financial assistance to cover the substantial costs.
3. (S/Rel NATO) On military training, MOD has agreed to design additional training programs, to be implemented in Egypt, for the Afghan army. On this point, Bassim requested from the U.S. a list of priority training needs for these programs in order to craft a targeted training plan.
4. (S) As an aside, Bassim said the pace of meeting invitations she receives in her role as envoy to the Support Group for Afghanistan and Pakistan had become difficult to maintain. Citing recent closely scheduled meetings in Istanbul and Paris, followed by New York, she suggested meetings of the group be scheduled no more than bi-monthly.
5. (S) Action request: Post requests guidance on potential sources of funding for additional Egyptian radio broadcasts inside Afghanistan and priorities for Afghan military training. Scobey