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Cablegate: Uae Names Ambassador to Afghanistan

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SUBJECT: UAE NAMES AMBASSADOR TO AFGHANISTAN

1. (U) On January 10, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed
appointed Yousef Saif Khamis Al Ali as UAE Ambassador to
Afghanistan. (Note: The UAE has not had an ambassador in
Afghanistan in the post 9/11 era. The UAE embassy was reopened in
March 2002, staffed and supported from the embassy in Islamabad,
but did not assume independent staffing and management until March
2006. End Note.)

2. (SBU) UAE Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Amb. Ali Al Shamsi told SRAP Senior Advisor Jarrett Blanc and
EconOff on January 10 that Al Ali is expected to arrive in Kabul in
the next 30 days. Al Shamsi said Al Ali is a former UAE military
officer.
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