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Cablegate: Oman Fm Raises Uzbek 6+3 Proposal On Afghanistan

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SUBJECT: OMAN FM RAISES UZBEK 6+3 PROPOSAL ON AFGHANISTAN

REF: MUSCAT 995

1. (SBU) At the end of a separate meeting on November 2 (reftel)
Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdulla ( YbA), raised
the Uzbek 6 plus 3 proposal involving Afghanistan and its
neighbors. The Uzbek proposal is to convene this group -
comprising Afghanistan's 6 neighbors, along with the U.S., NATO and
Russia - to launch an effort to get all of Afghanistan's factions
to the table to seek a settlement for the current situation in the
country.

2. (SBU) President Karimov had visited Oman October 4-6. YbA said
that the Uzbeks have asked the Omanis for support for the
initiative, and also asked the Omanis to solicit support for the
initiative from their friends and allies (e.g., the U.S.).

3. (SBU) Post will use guidance received subsequently from SCA and
Embassy Tashkent to convey USG views on the 6 plus 3 proposal to
the GoO, including the need to ensure that the GoA is involved in
any regional discussion of Afghanistan.
Schmierer

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