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Cablegate: Iceland to Maintain Current Assistance Levels To

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PP RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHNP RUEHROV RUEHSL RUEHSR
DE RUEHRK #0211 3291700
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 251700Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4227
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L REYKJAVIK 000211

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/25/2019
TAGS: NATO PREL MOPS MARR PGOV IC
SUBJECT: ICELAND TO MAINTAIN CURRENT ASSISTANCE LEVELS TO
AFGHANISTAN

REF: STATE 120807

Classified By: CDA SAM WATSON FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D)

1. (C) Charge drew on points contained in reftel in a
discussion with Greta Gunnarsdottir, head of the
International and Security Affairs Directorate at the
Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on November 25.
Gunarsdottir thanked Charge for the information and offered
assurances that Aghanistan would remain a top priority for
the Icelandic Government. She said that while Iceland cannot
increase its contribution at this time, the five Icelanders
currently serving in Afghanistan will remain in their
positons for the forseeable future.

2. (C) Gunnarsdottir also mentioned that several Afghan
citizens have enrolled in a new gender equality training
program at the University of Reykjavik. She said that
participants, upon completion of the program, are expected to
return home and continue their work on promoting gender
equality in Afghanistan.
WATSON

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