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Cablegate: 2010 Nte On the Arab League Boycott Against Israel

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RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHRB #0949 3381335
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 041335Z DEC 09
FM AMEMBASSY RABAT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0874
INFO RUEHCL/AMCONSUL CASABLANCA 0001
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC

UNCLAS RABAT 000949

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR NEA/RA - M KELLY
STATE PLEASE PASS TO USTR - P BURKHEAD

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR BIS/OIC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KBCT ECON ETRD XF MO
SUBJECT: 2010 NTE ON THE ARAB LEAGUE BOYCOTT AGAINST ISRAEL
- MOROCCO

REF: STATE 118797

1. SUMMARY: (SBU) Morocco does not enforce the Arab League
Boycott against Israel and purchases some Israeli goods.
American firms operating in Morocco have not reported any
obstacles related to the boycott. End Summary.

Boycott Not Applied
-------------------

2. (SBU) Moroccan law contains no specific references to the
Arab League boycott, and post knows of no
Government of Morocco (GOM) public statements on the issue.
While the primary boycott is informally recognized by virtue
of Morocco's membership in the Arab League, there is no GOM
treaty, convention, or
legislation mandating conformity with, or participation in,
the boycott. The Ministry of Foreign Affair's Office of
Economic Cooperation and Sectorial Studies verbally
re-confirmed to Econoff on December 3 that Morocco does not
enforce the boycott.

Trade with Israel
-----------------

3. (SBU) Available Moroccan trade statistics do not specify
the volume of trade with Isreal. Although some trade does
exist, Post believes that it is listed under the general
"other" category in the data. Post has no record of U.S.
firms facing boycott-related obstacles.

Arab Boycott Meetings
---------------------

4. (SBU) Post does not believe Morocco has attended recent
Arab League Boycott meetings. MFA officials were not aware of
such meetings.


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